KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Monday said that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) will investigate the reports of daylight robbery by the electricity supplying company of Karachi, K-Electric.
He said he would write to the power regulatory authority to launch an investigation into the matter of overbilling for electricity consumption in Karachi. Talking to a Samaa TV programme, he said that he would make K-Electric return every penny, if it was established that the company was overcharging citizens for no reason.
The governor said that the federal government was closely following the company’s operations. He expressed the hope that unscheduled power cut would have ended after the recent meeting of Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar with K-Electric and NEPRA officials. Asad Umar had warned that the center would take over K-E, if it did not improve its function.
Imran Ismail said the government wanted to give the electricity supplying company a fair chance for enhancement by making sure that residents of Karachi do not suffer.
He termed privatization of K-E a wrong decision saying that it slacked the company’s operation.
The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has announced that it will increase its gas supply to the only power supplying entity to the megalopolis in a bid to mitigate loadshedding in Karachi.
The SSGC decided to supply an additional 40mmcfd gas to K-E, after Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the power crisis in the city. Under the agreement between the two entities, SSGC is providing 100mmcfd more gas to KE, a private company.
The KE has said that fuel shortage was the reason for unannounced and extra loadshedding in Karachi. The gas supply to industries will also be cut across the province after SSGC will increase supply to the power distribution company.