Power cuts become routine

KARACHI - The City again witnessed the worst loadshedding on Sunday and Monday as Unit 4 of Bin Qasim power plant tripped. Sources at Bin Qasim power plant informed that the supply of gas, according to the agreement, should be at 200MMCF but at present only 135MMCF per day is being supplied to KESC, which in turn is causing deficiency of electricity generation. They said that the KESC was facing shortfall of over 110 megawatts of power as a result unscheduled loadshedding continues with the duration of 3 to 4 hours on rotational basis. KESC has to generate electricity through gas only as an alternative but they have continued the production of electricity through gas on regular basis. Electricity production through furnace oil is expensive because of high oil prices as compared to natural gas which is cheaper, they said. Almost all areas of the City witnessed heavy loadshedding on Sunday and Monday. The most affected areas are Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Tariq Road, FB Area, Nazimabad and others areas. It was also learnt that the KESC was supplying low voltage to consumers because of less power generation. Despite the continuous statements of the government, unscheduled loadshedding continues during late night hours. The people have strongly protested at this situation and demanded that post midnight loadshedding should be eliminated to provide relief to the citizens. Meanwhile, the continuous fluctuation is added miseries to citizens' lives. "It is better to sit in dark then to damage our home appliances by this frequent power fluctuation," says an old man. This situation should be resolved on permanent basis, he demanded. The hospitals of these areas are also suffering badly. Their routine operations and OPDs have been suffering due to continuous loadshedding.

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