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Load-shedding continues unabated as minister writes letter to CM Sindh

ISLAMABAD: With hours-long load-shedding continuing to torment residents of Karachi with no end in sight, Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari has assured that the federal government will extend full support for ending the power crisis.

The minister has written a letter to the Sindh Chief Minister, saying the government wants to resolve the power crisis on priority basis.

He has called for payment of outstanding amount of Rs32 billion by Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) to K-Electric to settle its payment issues with Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL).

He said after the 18th amendment, the Sindh government is to ensure payment of the amount by the water utility to the power regulator and asked the chief minister to play his role in this regard.

“Karachi being hub of the business activity, industrial development and one of the largest cities of Pakistan has always remained a key focus for the government,” the letter said. “KE has also been supported by the government to maintain and sustain efficient generation and distribution of electricity to the city of Karachi.”

The minister blamed the recent power crisis on mismanagement, system inefficiencies and commercial mishandling of KE.

Severe load-shedding of up to 12 hours in a day has plagued Karachi, with the worst burden falling on blocks 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 of Federal B Area, C-1, C and No. 10 localities of Liaquatabad, Lyari, Orangi Town, Korangi, Safoora Goth, Scheme 33, Abul Hasan Isphahani Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Model Colony, New Karachi, North Karachi and several other areas.

Moreover, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) earlier this week briefed the National Assembly’s Standing Committee over the load-shedding crisis, and held KE responsible for the blackouts.

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