KARACHI - KESC on Monday night started receiving 140mmcfd of gas, which was 20mmcfd more than the crisis instigating 120mmcfd. Based on this incremental supply of gas, KESC immediately set out to reduce the loadshedding spell in the industrial zones by 4 hours, bringing it down to 2 spells of 4 hours each, from the previous 3 spells accounting for 12 hours, said a spokesman of power utility on Monday. KESC has once again reaffirmed its end of the commitment, pledged via the agreement signed at the Governor House on the 26th of November, that as soon as the directed and agreed level of gas supply (180mmcfd) is received from SSGC, the industrial loadshedding will be history and the designated zones will once again enjoy exemption from outages, as has been the policy and practice of KESC since the past couple of years. KESC further elaborated that at the gas supply level of 140mmcfd, industrial loadshedding was reduced by 4 hours, likewise with an expected increase of another 20mmcfd by Tuesday night, at 160mmcfd the industrial loadshedding will be reduced by a further 4 hours and as soon as the gas supply level reaches the agreed level of 180mmcfd. , the industrial loadshedding regime would come to an end. KESC also expressly hopes that the industrialists, knowing the gravity of the situation and the reasons behind the crisis, fall in line with KESC to eke out a long term solution, rather than sensationalising and politicising the issue at hand, which will definitely not add any resolution value. The industrialists as a body, need to first put their house in order, by deciding whether to continue with their un-provisioned, gas based self-generation, for their personal and individual gain or have KESC utilise much wanted gas to generate power for the 20 million Karachiites and thousands of industries and commercial businesses.