KARACHI: Load Shedding situation could not be controlled even after Bin Qasim plant repair, as another heatwave hits the city.
Even after promises of reduced power cuts after 20th May, power outages could not be controlled. Promises turned out hollow as load shedding at suhoor and iftar time keeps occurring during month of Ramadan. People have to sit in the dark under immense inconvenience as another heatwave hit the city of Karachi.
K-Electric had promised reduced load shedding after their Bin Qasim plant was to be repaired by 20th May. KE said a 41 tonne important repair equipment was flown in after which repairs to the faulty plant would be done by 20th May. However; even after a given date power cuts do not seem to be reducing.
The temperature of the city reached 43 Celsius on Sunday, the day the plant was to finish repairing. The repair part that was flown in from Netherlands, has been installed by technicians brought in with the part.
K-Electric spokesperson has claimed that in some areas where there was 3 hours of load shedding, they have reduced it to only 1 hour now. However; areas with line losses will still face up-to 7 hours of load shedding a day.
In a Supreme Court hearing last week, CJP Saqib Nisar had took notice of load shedding with Ramadan around the corner. He had ordered KE to give relief to people in the Holy month and asked the reason for the problem.
Last week another round of power outage had darkened the city of lights, claiming the fault at Bin Qasim Plant the reason. Before that KE was in a dispute with the gas utility SSGC on unpaid dues which made the gas company reduce gas provision to KE. This had caused load shedding even in areas exempted from the problem.