Karachiites continue to suffer from loadshedding of up to 12 hours

Citizens complain that K-Electric is shutting down power in the name of load management

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The citizens complain that the sole power distributor of the metropolitan city is shutting down power in the name of electric fault and load management. Photo: Geo.tv/File

KARACHI: Different parts of the city continued to suffer prolonged hours of announced and unannounced loadshedding on Friday, making lives miserable for Karachiites amid the sweltering heat.

The loadshedding duration in different areas of the city has reached up to 12 hours as citizens complain that the K-Electric is shutting down power under the garb of electricity fault and load management.

The electricity crisis in the city has not subsided despite federal minister Asad Umer’s assurance that “there will be no unannounced electricity load-shedding” from July 12 in Karachi and also the National Electric Power Regulator Authority’s (NEPRA) public hearing on the KE’s performance.

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Last week in his press conference, KE Chief Executive Officer Moonis Abdullah Alvi had said no area in Karachi was experiencing loadshedding for over eight hours a day and “to do that KE has to incur losses”.

He had shared how the power demand in the city is 3,560 megawatts and in the best-case scenario, they can provide 3,200 megawatts of electricity.

While the mercy soared to 35.7-degree centigrade and the feel-like temperature was almost 40 degrees in Karachi on Thursday, residents faced intermittent power failures.

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Lyari, North Karachi, PIB Colony, Korangi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Ancholi and Saddar are among areas that continue to face unannounced loadshedding, according to locals.

Even the areas where announced loadshedding is occurring, additional unannounced-load shedding for several hours also takes place, residents say.