NEPRA holds open hearing on loadshedding in Karachi

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Friday conducted an open hearing on the issue of prolonged electricity loadshedding in Karachi.

During the hearing, K-Electric chief executive officer (CEO) Moonis Abdullah Alvi said work is being done on power transmission system, while 30-40 feeders are shut due to the power restoration process.

NEPRA chairman directed K-Electric to submit a summary of the steps taken to improve the electricity system in the metropolis. He said the regulator can help get power supply from the federal government but the power utility company must have proper transmission structure.

K-Electric CEO said that the federal government was responsible for the ineffective transmission system in Karachi. A large number of political, business and social leaders were also present at the open hearing.

In recent weeks, citizens living in the metropolis have complained about excessive billing and unannounced power outages that have added to the misery of soaring temperatures and the coronavirus outbreak.

Last month, many residents took to the streets to protest the power outages, blocking main roads and highways to bring the issue to the attention of the relevant authorities.

Protesters said that power outages were also triggering a water crisis, adding to the burden on the common man.

For its part, KE attributed the power outages to fuel shortage in the country.

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