Karachiites facing hours-long unannounced loadshedding
KARACHI – Amid sweltering heat, the Karachiites have been forced to witness unannounced loadshedding of upto six to eight hours a day.
The areas affected from the loadshedding included Baldia Town, North Karachi, North Nazimbad, Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulzar e Hijri, Akhtar Colony, Qayyumabad, Orangi Town, Landhi, Korangi, Malir, Model Colony, Shah Faisal Colony and other areas of the city. According to details, besides carrying out power outages in the day hours, the K-Electric is not even sparing night time and loadshedding of upto two hours is being carried out during the period in multiple areas of the city.
Yesterday, in a statement, the K-Electric strongly denied any news of unannounced loadshedding taking place across the city, as the country grapples with an unprecedented heatwave. Commenting on the impact on the power sector, Director Communications and Spokesperson K-Electric Imran Rana stated, “The area-wise schedule for all potentially affected consumers has been uploaded in advance on KE’s website. KE also reiterates that areas with losses under 20 per cent along with 400 feeders serving Karachi’s industrial zones continue to receive uninterrupted power.”
Meanwhile, Over 100 protest demonstrations were staged across the city in response to the call by Jamaat-e-Islami against the electricity and water crises in the Karachi.
The main protest demonstration was held outside a mosque at Lasbella. Protesters, carrying placards and banners, chanted slogans against the K-Electric, the water board and the government.
Following the protest demonstration, JI leader addressed a presser at Lasbella. He said over 100 protest demonstrations are being held across the city against water and power outages. He said that the JI had announced a 48-hour deadline to end the loadshedding in Karachi. Out of the total 48 hours, only 24 hours have left and after the deadline the JI would call to besiege the KE head office if the power company failed to significantly curtail the loadshedding.
He said that Federal Minister Khurram Dastagir had claimed that the country has become loadshedding free. Please someone let the federal minister know that Karachi is also a part of the country and Karachiites are still facing acute loadshedding in its worst form, he said.
Engr Naeemur Rehman demanded of the government to conduct a forensic audit of the company accounts for the past 17 years. He also demanded of the federal government to ensure reimbursement of Rs42 billion in claw back by the KE.
The JI leader said that the Karachi and Karachiites have been facing loadshedding of up to 14 hours despite the ongoing heatwave. The situation has become unacceptable, he added
He further said that the then KESC was privatized to bring improvement in its functions but instead of any betterment the company was showing worst performance and ironically enjoying all perks and shelter the successive ruling regimes.
He said that the KE has been violating the agreement with the state since day one but governments in the country always support the company because of the reasons known only by the leadership of the PPP, MQM, PTI and PML-N.
He said that Karachiites, particularly students who are about to appear in matriculation examination as well as the labor class are suffering because of the unlimited greed and incompetence of the KE.
The JI leader demanded of the government to end the monopoly of the company and open the license for other companies as well.
He further said that the KE always feels free to cut the power supply connection of its customers sometimes just for late payments and the company itself has failed in paying billion of rupees to a public sector gas company.
Junaid Mukati, the former parliamentary leader of the JI in the city council, also addressed the presser. He said that once the JI had tabled a resolution in the council to revoke the license of the KE but the then greedy leaders had failed the resolution.