Karachi worst hit as loadshedding rears its ugly head again in country
Residents cool off as water sprays from a pipeline during a hot summer day at a slum area in Karachi.–AFP
With hot and humid weather affecting the country where the people are also fighting the coronavirus, there is a new challenge for them in the shape of loadshedding thanks to the government.
It makes them wonder how and why this loadshedding has reappeared given the fact that the commercial and industrial consumption is already down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to 24NewsHD TV channel, the K-Electric, which is neither able to generate enough electricity nor fix the distribution system, needs just a small excuse to multiply the miseries of the people. And they get it easily in one shape or the other as even a few drops of rain are enough to justify their poor service.
As hours-long power outages were already a routine, the K-Electric increased the duration further after the suspension of power supply from KANUPP (Karachi Nuclear Power Plant) due to some technical fault, resulting in a shortage of 60 megawatts of electricity.
And this fiasco exposed all the tall claims as the attempts to meet the demand through subsidised electricity and by saving the fuel.
The situation can be gauged by the fact that even those areas are facing three to four hours of power outages, which have been declared loadshedding free.
On the other hand, the power outages duration for the parts of the city already experiencing loadshedding has been increased from three to six and from seven to 12 hours.
Mehmoodabad, Korangi, North Nazimabad, Korangi, Liaquatabad and Buffer Zone are some of the worst affected areas of the city.
Meanwhile, Lahore is also facing power outages in the weather which is much hotter and more humid than in Karachi. And the situation is made even worse by the fact that the LESCO is resorting to unannounced loadshedding leaving the citizens depressed and clueless.
From Shahdara and Mughalpura to the Old City, Iqbal Town and Raiwind, the citizens are going through this misery of hours of loadshedding.
In Rawalpindi, there are four to five hours of power outages in areas like Effendi Colony, Satellite Town and Sadiqabad.
But wait! The people of Rawalpindi shouldn’t complaint as even parts of Islamabad, especially the suburban areas, are facing the same situation with the IESCO claiming that there are no power outages.
In Mianwali, the urban centres are facing four to six hours of outages while the duration for rural areas is eight to 10 hours.
Meanwhile, Larkana is also among the worst hit areas with 10 to 12 hours of loadshedding in urban areas and 14 to 16 hours in villages.
24NewsHD TV channel also reported that the people took to the streets in Khairpur Nathan Shah and protested against SEPCO outside the local press club.
Same is the situation in Faisalabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Sialkot, Gujranwala and other towns and cities across the country as electricity is not only getting expensive but also rarer.