KARACHI - Citizens in the metropolis have been forced to experience long spells of power outages, amid extremely hot and humid weather. due to acute shortfall in the electricity supply. On the average, 8 to 10 hours of loadshedding has become a routine for the Karachiittes in addition to faults in the power supply. It is worth mentioning here that the city is expected to face power shortage during the summer and experts have predicted that loadshedding in peak summer season would reach the frightening figure of 16 to 18 hours daily on rotational bases. We are doing our level best to avoid prolonged power outages but the system of power distribution in the city is very old and has completed its life, said an official in the KESC. He added that these faults occur due to over-loading of the system or sometimes it was because of cable fault. We are working around the clock to resolve the problem of our valued costumers. We cannot improve the system in few months, time is needed to do so, we understand the hardships of our consumers but we still need their support and time, he said. Angry residents of different areas in the city protested against the power outages and burnt tyres on roads. The worst situation of power supply has badly affected the working conditions in local hospitals besides causing immense hardships for the students. To a query, the KESC official said that improvement in the supply-demand situation in the metropolis could take as many as five years. The demand for electricity in the metropolitan has risen up to 2400 MWs. The supply remains 1900 MWs, out of which 500 to 600 MWs is being supplied by Wapda during peak hours. Kannup is supplying 80 MWs, Bin Qasim Power Plant is adding 600 to 700 MWs to the power system while the IPPs are supplying 60 to 80 MWs. On the other hand, the new investment, by the current management of KESC, in power sector to improve electricity supply for the people of Karachi is striving to increase its internal generation capacity with an addition of 560 MW power-plant. This project will be completed in four phases.