KARACHI - Karachiites are facing acute shortage of water in the metropolis as Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has increased the spell of loadshedding in the city, hitting major water pumping stations in humid weather.

According to details, the KESC has continued cutting power supply to major water pumping stations of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) for the past 20 days which deprived the water body to provide 3.40 billion water to different localities of the city including big industrial zones of Korangi, New Karachi, Federal B area and Landhi.   

However, angry people of various areas of city including Liaquatabad, New Karachi, Malir, Garden area and other several areas staged protest against the acute shortage of water since 10 to 12 days. The protestors were also burnt to tyres and other stuff on roads. Massive traffic jam in different areas of the metropolis had also been observed because of protest. 

Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) Managing Director Misbahuddin Farid said that the administration of KESC should realised the situation of the city as the city has already been suffering under multiple problems.

He said KESC would be responsible for further deterioration in the city which was gripping the city through the protest and agitation over the shortage of water along the protest continue over the loadshedding.

The continues suspension of power supply to Dhabeji water pumping station for the past 20 days because of non-payment from the KWSB would sabotage the law and order situation of the city.

Misbah appealed to federal and provincial government to prevent KESC for loadshedding at pumping stations and also requested for implementation of agreement between government and KESC that it would not suspend power supply to KWSB installations in any condition.     

He said that the continuation of loadshedding from the sensitive installations of the board must be stopped at once so that the citizens can be provided uninterrupted supply of water.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, KESC said it had strongly dispelled impression of any fight between the utility and Water Board, and termed the present situation purely a result of KW&SB one-sided default on paying its power bills.

The statement said that after an overly prolonged show of patience and wait, the power utility had finally stopped providing any special status to the Water Board and was treating it like all other consumers. All KESC had wanted from the board was payment of overdue bills.

On the other hand, citizens are suffering due to prolong power and frequent outages of 8-10 hours. It is pertinent to mention here that residents of various localities have been staging frequent protest against the loadshedding and power fluctuation.

Residents believed that protest is the only way out for the restoration of electricity while in many blacklisted areas where KESC suspended the electric supply over non-payment dominated political forces were playing their role in negotiation between the management and residents of the areas.