Despite more than 1,200 deaths in Karachi due to excessive load shedding and heat, K-Electric has announced that it’ll further increase load shedding. Karachi’s only electric supplier further said that load-shedding will also be conducted in areas which were exempt from load shedding.
Unable to meet the electricity demands, K-Electric said load shedding exempt areas – SITE, Saddar, Clifton, Defence Housing Authority, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Tipu Sultan Road, Korangi Industrial Model Zone, and Bin Qasim will now face load-shedding. Lyari-I, Bahadurabad, Garden, F.B Area, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, and Shah Faisal Colony which were experiencing few hours of load shedding will now experience long hours of load shedding. Increase in the duration of load shedding in these areas will help balance out load-shedding in Karachi. K-Electric had been conducting massive loadshedding in Baldia, Orangi, Surjani, Gadap, Malir, Lyari-II, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Korangi, and Landhi which resulted in many deaths.
K-Electric has come under major criticism for not performing at its full capacity. It has been criticized for generating less electricity than it is capable of. Shareholders say that K-Electric can generate 2,500 megawatts of electricity, but it is generating way less. K-Electric receives 650 megawatts from the national grid, Karachi Nuclear Power Plant generates 70 megawatts, Tapal and Gul Ahmed supply 250 megawatts, Anud Power supplies 14 megawatts, and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association provides them 6 megawatts. K-Electric has six power generating units in Qasim-1 that can generate 210 megawatts each, but are only generating 170 megawatts. Three units in Qasim-II generate 650 megawatts, while four units in Korangi generate 140 megawatts.
Shareholders say K-Electric is conducting excessive load shedding in order to have the upper hand in contract talks with the government. K-Electric’s contract with the government expired in March. The contract required the government to supply 650 megawatts of electricity to K-Electric. Since the contract had expired, the government had stopped supplying the electricity. Excessive load shedding forced the government to supply the electricity again. With new contract talks about to begin soon, K-Electric will demand for more electricity this time based on the fact that excessive load shedding resulted in many lives lost.