NEPRA offers K-Electric support amidst power crisis

On Monday, The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved an increase by Rs9.66 per unit in electricity for the customers of K-Electric.

This was done in light of the monthly fuel adjustment for May. K-Electric officials have informed that they have a Rs380 billion financial burden. NEPRA is to examine the data and to then make a decision.

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In relation to this, chairman NEPRA said that “We are ready to talk to the federal and provincial governments for cheap electricity,” if it is unreasonably taxing to provide electricity economically.

NEPRA did approve a Rs5.27 per unit increase in the electricity tariff of K-Electric on June 25 in light of the fuel cost adjustment for April 2022.

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At yesterday’s sit-in at K-Eectric’s office, Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi President Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman declared a three-day deadline for K-Electric to bring an end to load-shedding.

Inhabitants of Karachi came onto the streets last week to protest against prolonged periods of power outages in the extreme heat.

In many parts of Karachi, protesters even became violent, throwing rocks at the police that responded with baton charge and tear gas, taking many protesters into custody after unsuccessful talks. On June 28, a 60-year-old woman died in Mauripur, Karachi after police action at a similar protest.

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On June 29, however, Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Sheikh and provincial minister Saeed Ghani  announced reduced load-shedding “within 24 hours” after they met with officials from K-Electric (KE).

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