During a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power, it was decided that a senate panel will probe the excessive load... Senate panel to probe Karachi load shedding

During a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power, it was decided that a senate panel will probe the excessive load shedding that occurred in Karachi during the first few days of Ramadan. The load shedding resulted in more than 1200 people dead. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, NEPRA, blamed K-Electric for the unnecessary load-shedding, a charge which K-Electric denied. This prompted the senate to form a panel to inquire about the incident.

According to NEPRA’s chairman, Tariq Sadozai, K-Electric was capable of generating 2,816 megawatts of electricity, but it was only generating 2,478 megawatts which resulted in many areas of Karachi without electricity for up to 96 hours. He also said that K-Electric’s generation plants had no gas supply to generate electricity since K-Electric didn’t sign any agreements with a gas firm. The chairman said according to K-Electric’s revised agreement with National Transmission and Dispatch Company, NDTC, K-Electric had to generate electricity through its own resources but it was still depending on the national grid to supply electricity.

K-Electric’s chairman, Tayyab Tareen, said the charges leveled against his organization are false. He said technical faults ked to load shedding in some areas, and those were taken care off. He also said in some areas, service crew had difficulty reaching the malfunctioned transmitters which resulted in prolong load-shedding. Mr. Tayyab while responding to claims regarding K-Electric’s failure to invest in resources to increase its power generation said that K-Electric had invested $1.2 billion in resources to help increase power generation and at the same time reduced electricity losses to 23% from 40%.

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The Senate wasn’t satisfied with K-Electric’s response and will look into the matter.