Karachi, the economic hub and the largest city of Pakistan are suffering from a continuous system of load shedding. In the industrial areas, there are around eight hours of power shutdown in a day, as per the reports.
Some sources say that most of the factories have closed their night shifts due to load shedding and because of the closure a large number of employees working in the industries are getting jobless.
Many union councils in the metropolis are facing power outages for long hours in Karachi.
Forty-one union councils in Saddar, Lea Market, Baldia, Orangi Town, Kharadar, Bihar Colony, Madina Colony, Qaimkhani Colony, and the areas attached to them are suffering long hours of load shedding. Power utilities are saying that the reason for the power outages is the shortage of furnace oil.
Some areas faced power outages for the whole night because of some technical issues. Ramswami, New Karachi, Lyari, Korangi, Ahsanabad, Saeedabad, Landhi, Gadap Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Surjani Town, Orangi Town, Garden, Baldia Town, Keamari, and Malir are the worst-hit areas of Karachi.
The national grid is providing 700 megawatts of electricity to K-electric but the company has not yet reported the continuous power outage issue in Karachi.
There are many areas that are suffering from long hours of load shedding and those areas relieved with the power outages also face an interruption of power supply for 3-6 hours a day.
Already the city is suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and now the load shedding issue is causing more problems for the COVID-19 patients and their families.
As per the sources, K-electric Company informed their additional demand of furnace oil to PSO thirty days before but the order placed to PSO was delayed by the power utility.
On the other hand, SSGC (Sui Sothern Gas Company) said that they were supplying gas to the power utility as per their demands. The Gas Company did not slash the gas supply at any cost.
The water supply in many areas of Karachi has also been hindered due to the power outage.