KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has informed the federal government's committee that the closure of furnace oil units was one of the major reasons of unprecedented loadshedding in Karachi. The KESC briefed the federal government's committee, led by Secretary of Power and Water Ismail Qureshi who visited the Bin Qasim power plant of KESC on Monday to discuss the issue of power crisis in Karachi and power generation by the KESC. The KESC also informed the team that the short supply of gas, due to maintenance of gas fields, had also caused shortfall in the production of electricity, sources told The Nation. The federal government had arrived in Karachi to look into power crisis amid reports of unprecedented and unscheduled hours-long loadshedding in the mega city of Pakistan. The committee was briefed about the power generation by the KESC and causes of loadshedding. The agenda for the meeting was about the low capacity of power generation by the KESC that had made the lives of citizens miserable and spoiled business. The officials of the Bin Qasim plant have claimed that the only problem they were facing was the maintenance of the generating units while the fact remains that the Bin Qasim and its production is suffering because of the short-supple of furnace oil. The KESC does not want to generate electricity through furnace oil because of the excuse related to the oil prices. The situation got worst as Kannup along with the IPPs shutdown its functioning. Bin Qasim power plant supplied 830MWs while the units 3 and 4 at Bin Qasim suffered the oil deficiency. DHA has also declined the demand of power supply as it also suffered the same problem of oil. The City witnessed the shortage of 800MWs of electricity on Monday. The consumption of electricity remained around 2,400MWs while there was shortfall of 800MWs in the generation of electricity. The entire City has suffered this severe loadshedding. Riots have been reported in the whole City during the last couple of days. Different areas have witnessed hours long power outages. Many localities suffered almost 6 to 8 hours of power outages and in some areas the power outages lasted over 12 hours in phases in a day. "The problem is not only loadshedding, the fluctuating voltage has also affected our electrical appliances," said a housewife from Gulshan-e-Iqbal. "This kind of bleak situation in Ramazan has made people impatient while this holy month that teaches us patience and tolerance. But long hours of power failure has perturbed the citizens," said a religious scholar. On the contrary to all the expected relieves promised by the government, nothing has been witnessed in the existing condition. The issue of the new management of the KESC remained in dark. The agonised citizens of this City demanded relief and a permanent solution to this longstanding problem. Meanwhile, the shopping activities for Eid festival have largely suffered by the hands of power outages. The shopping centres and shopkeepers wait for the customers, as they are not showing up because of the rising inflation and rising prices of shopping materials. The shopkeepers claimed that they have to demand high as they have to pay for their oil expenses which have gone high because of the KESC. "Our business is suffering because of the long hour power outages, we have to meet our expenses at least," said a shopkeeper. "Isn't it our right to have enough money as we have spent on our production?" he added. The tormented citizens demanded the government and the KESC for an early solution to this power shortage problem.