KARACHI - The outstanding dues of PEPCO owed by the KESC have reached Rs76.25 billion,' DG PEPCO, Tahir Basharat Cheema told The Nation. Previously, the amount was Rs75 billion. "The government has formed a committee which is finalising the payment schedule with the KESC. They have come up with a payment plan few weeks back but the government committee did not accept it. As soon as the schedule is finalized, the payments would be made to Wapda," he added. "The government has also decided to provide Rs 12 billion as subsidy to the KESC. Out of this amount 90pc will be provided to Wapda as payment of electricity purchased. The KESC has also been instructed to pay to Wapda according to their consumption. The company has paid only Rs2 billion since September 2008, when the new management took over the KESC," he further added. "There is no truth in the rumour regarding power cut to Karachi from Wapda. The supply is still 600 MWs," said Basharat. Meanwhile, despite the orders from the government to provide electricity during Muharram, load-shedding continues in the metropolitan. The government had announced few days back that there will be no load-shedding during 9 and 10 Muharram. But despite these announcements and assurances from the KESC, 3 to 4 hours load-shedding persist in the city. It is worth mentioning that these measures were to be taken as to assure the security of the mourners during these days. The law enforcement forces have demanded for continues electricity supply to the city in order to guarantee the protection measures. During night times the power failure of any sort, causes high security risk for the people. It is worth noting that during these days the city witness public holiday. "The whole country is facing energy crisis. The government has to take steps in order to defuse this situation. We have to come up with long term solutions for these crisis," said and energy expert. "The best way to resolve this problem is to adopt alternate means of energy production. We have abundant coal reserves, the government should consider this alternate mean without any further delay and make long term and short term plans for its consumption in energy sector," he added. "Oil prices in the world have gone down but it's surprising that the electricity tariff has been hiked up greatly during the past few months. Had the tariff been adjusted according to oil price hike in past, the situation would have been different from what it was today. No investments have been made into the energy sector during last few years. This has largely affected our energy sector and brought this power disaster," he further added. Meanwhile, the supply of electricity to the metropolitan remains lower than the demanded amount. The total demand of electricity in the city stands at 1500 MWs. While the amount supplied remains 1300 MWs. This shortfall of 200 MWs resulted into 3 to 4 hours of loadshedding in the City. According to the company official all the units of Bin Qasim power plant are working, IPPs are also providing electricity Kannup has been linked with the system after some maintenance problems.