The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has agreed to conduct a July 10 public hearing on Karachi ‘s continuing load shedding issue. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the regulator will hold a public hearing through Zoom. Citizens are allowed to observe the hearings by sending an email to the NEPRA registrar, during which a password will be given.
The regulator said heavy load shedding has created several problems for Karachites. The regulator’s decision comes as Karachites have experienced extended power outages from the start of the summer. Kathor areas of Karachi ‘s electricity have yet to be restored, according to Geo News, Surjani Place, Gadap, Gharo, according to. While some Defense areas also faced power outages owing to the rain.
Electricity has also been without electricity in Karachi’s Lines area for the last 14 hours. Meanwhile, a K-Electric spokesperson has said the company is working to restore electricity in the affected areas. The spokesperson said they are experiencing problems because of the accumulated rainwater in certain parts of the region.
On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) has already set up a protest camp outside of the K-Electric office to prove its anger at the power supply company for prolonged load-shedding and overbilling. MNAs Aftab Siddiqui, Aslam Khan, Aftab Jahangir, Nusrat Wahid, and MPAs Haleem Adil Sheik, Jamal Siddiqui, Dr. Saeed Afridi, Raja Azhar, Karim BuxGabol, Ali Aziz G.G, Rabistan Khan, ShahnawazJadoon and others attended on Monday’s first day of protest.
They shouted slogans against “the KE ‘s exploitation of Karachi ‘s power consumers and showed their displeasure over the KE ‘s cruel monopoly over Karachi’s megacity’s power sector,” a party statement said. The demonstrators voiced their indignation at the power provider for “transforming the city of lights into a city of darkness” and blamed the management of the power business for being a source of suffering for the Karachites.
Meanwhile, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh also said on Monday that the Sindh government is prepared to take control of the province ‘s three power supply companies, namely K-Electric (KE), Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) and Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco) if the federal government is unable to manage energy sector institutions in the country Speaking at Monday’s press conference, the Minister said Pakistan’s federal government, Tehreek-e-Insaf, was doing “sheer injustice to the Karachi people by subjecting them to an aggravating power crisis.”