ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan on Thursday said the federal government had taken steps to improve the power supply in Karachi in order to address the problems of the people of Karachi.
Responding to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly, he said, “We are providing additional one hundred megawatt of electricity to the K-electric more than the contract agreement signed with it.”
The power minister said thirty thousand metric tons of furnace oil and 100 mmcfd gas had been provided to the company. He said the government would provide more gas to the K-electric which would help it generate two hundred megawatts of power.
The minister, however, regretted the K-electric did not upgrade its system over the years and it had constraints to take additional electricity from the national grid. He said the federal government would help K-Electric to build its capacity.
On this occasion, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar lamented that the past governments did not pay attention to address the issue of load shedding in Karachi. He said the present government will implement in record time the project to improve power transmission and distribution system in Karachi.
Karachi residents are suffering from extended hours of power outages along with the unbearable heat.
Load-shedding has risen to over eight hours a day in several areas of the city. District East is reportedly the most affected region in the megalopolis.
Residents of areas such as Malir, Saddar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Shah Faisal Colony and Saddar experience load-shedding for as long as 12 hours a day.