Karachi Electric Supply Company promises reduction in loadshedding

Karachi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company announced on Friday that it would reduce the duration of load shedding in the city after the Pakistan State Oil and the Sui Southern Gas Company assured it of the required fuel supply.

The KESC also announced that there would be no load shedding during Iftar and Sehar.

It was decided to carry out load shedding for four and a half hours in a day in those areas where power pilferage was on the rise, while load shedding duration would be three hours in the areas where power theft was less.

The KESC would not carry out load shedding in the industrial areas.

The top management of the KESC, SSGC and PSO met at the Governor’s House to address the long-standing issue of circular debt.

Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain, provincial Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the federal and provincial finance secretaries and the Karachi commissioner also attended the meeting, which was chaired by Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan.

Dr Asim declared that a recovery drive would be launched to address the issue of circular debt and a seven-day notice would be given to defaulters, whether government or private entities, after which their supply would be disconnected.

He said that the government could not pay a subsidy on everything due to the economic conditions, but the federal government would provide Rs2.5 billion to ensure availability of furnace oil to the KESC.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3
Email: press_secretary@governorsindh.gov.pk