Karachi (April 12, 2018): Citizens poured out onto the streets Wednesday night here in the city’s Azizabad and Aisha Manzil localities to protest disrupted supply of basic amenities.
Blocking roads in their surroundings, the areas’ residents said they were inconvenienced by unannounced load-shedding and water shortages, and noting that the power cuts contributed to water issues.
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The demonstrators stressed that the clash between the K-Electric (KE) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) leaves customers sandwiched in the middle, with double the problems.However, a KE spokesperson said late night that the menace of load-shedding could not be fixed until the gas shortage is addressed.
On the other hand, a team comprising top officials of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is set to analyse the power situation in the country’s biggest industrial hub.
Several parts of Karachi including Korangi, Landhi, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, North Karachi, New Karachi, Liaquatabad, North Nazimabad, SITE area, Garden, Lyari, Baldia and Orangi Town are facing prolonged power outages.
K-Electric claimed that 500MW power shortfall is being experienced due to inadequate gas supply.Two to three hours of loadshedding is taking place in the residential and commercial centres of the metropolis.
Sui Southern Gas Company said that the supply to the power distribution company has not been increased or decreased.
“The company is receiving less gas from the fields and as per gas load management plan, it is providing gas to customers first and then to customers with whom it has contractual agreements,” it stated.
The gas company denied of having any contract about supply with the power distribution company.