KARACHI -- Karachi-Electric (K-Electric) on Friday claimed that situation of power supply in city would improve within next 24 hours and the issue would be resolved fully within 48 hours after the federal government assured to provide additional fuel to the power company from the HUBCO.
During a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of K-Electric Monis Abdullah Alvi at Governor House, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail expressed his anger over excessive and unannounced loadshedding in the city in the past few days.
The governor while terming excessive loadshedding injustice with citizens of Karachi directed the CEO to provide relief to the masses on immediate basis.
He further said that additional gas was being provided to K-Electric by the federal government, however, the emergence of such a situation was a matter of concern. Governor said that additional furnace oil would be provided to K-Electric from Hubco.
'We will be providing excessive fuel to the K-Electric from Hubco to overcome fuel shortage,' he said adding that the government was also ready to provide additional 500 megawatts to the KE, however, it was not possible after the power company failed to upgrade its system to that extent.
Speaking on the occasion, the power company's CEO said that the Tapal and Gul Ahmed power supply stations were unable to provide electricity to the K-Electric, causing a shortfall in the system.
'After new assurances from the government, we will improve the situation within 24 hours and will completely overcome it within the next 48 hours,' the CEO said. It is pertinent to mention here that the K-Electric continued to create problems for the citizens, a majority of whom are staying at their homes due to smart lockdown enforced in the city, worst affected from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The power supply company carried out upto 12 hours of unannounced loadshedding in the city that led the violent mobs ransacking the power supply installations in the city.
Political parties including Jamaat-i-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, ruling Pakistan People's Party in the Sindh province had demanded of the federal government to take notice of the unannounced loadshedding. JI and MQM-P had also held protest demos against the power supply company over unannounced loadshedding and excessive billing.
Moreover, those who had remained...