KARACHI - Several areas of Karachi are witnessing worst loadshedding and power failures that has sparked violent protests in the metropolis. It was learnt that the Chief Executive Officer of KESC has gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and during his absence the top-level administrative vacuum has led to increased power cuts that is annoying the citizens. On Wednesday, the people set ablaze tyres and held protest demonstrations to express their resentment against the hours-long unscheduled loadshedding in different areas. Unannounced and hours-long loadshedding is forcing the citizens to spend sleepless nights. The power-cuts, though accustomed to tradition in the country, occur mostly during the summer on an average two hours to maximum eight hours a day. The energy saving plan of the federal government has ended in a fiasco as markets remain open well beyond the deadline of 9 pm. It was also learnt that the KESC has not prepared an emergency plan to save the citizens from rain disaster as the Met officials have predicted heavy downpour during this monsoon season in Karachi. Rustam, a resident of Gulshan-i-Iqbal, complained "electricity shortage in his area hampers daily routine, one suffers a lot due to loadshedding and for the students like me, it is hard to sit and study during the evening hours, even the energy saving devices has not been very helpful." Another person Shazia complained of unexplained power shutdown in the locality of Defense which aggravated the problem in the absence of water shortage in her residential complex.  In desperation, people have resorted to burning of tires, as a mean of lodging a strong protest against the follies and mismanagement at KESC. Meanwhile residents of Shah Faisal colony complained of six to seven hours of power failure yesterday in three different phases from morning to evening. Model Colony Malir, Korangi Crossing faced power failure four times on Tuesday, from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. Residents of F.B. Area, Shadman, North Karachi, Liaqatabad said that they faced the loadshedding agony as there was no electricity for hours, four to five times a day. Resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal cited power shortage during the evening time or mid night. The residents of Gulitan-e-Johar also criticized the load shedding problems and said that they faced 3 to 4 hours load shedding. Residents of Clifton also faced the load shedding problem on yesterday and today all the parts of life have disturbed to the non scheduled load shedding. The residents of Liaquatabad, Gharibabad, F.B Area, Teen Hatti and DHA also complained of continues power outage day and night which irritating them. The consumers of the areas, worst hit by the loadshedding, have urged the provincial and federal government to take action against the KESC to ensure hassle free electricity in Karachi and to minimize agonies of the citizens.