Industrialists protest against power cuts

KESC demanding gas supply of 180 mmcfd from government.

Farhan Zaheer December 21, 2011

KARACHI: Different town associations of Karachi met on Wednesday and demanded Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to immediately end 8-hour load shedding in industrial zones of the city.

“KESC is now getting subsidised furnace oil from government so it should end load shedding in industrial zones of Karachi,” SITE Association of Industry, Vice chairman Asad Nisar said while talking to The Express Tribune.

SITE, one of the leading industrial associations of Karachi is spearheading the campaign against KESC on load shedding.

KESC has been demanding gas supply of 180 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) from government, which Sui Southern Gas Company is not providing to KESC owing to low gas supply in the winter season.

The government has now decided to supply subsidised furnace to oil KESC to overcome load-shedding in industrial zones of Karachi, but businessmen say they are still facing long hours of power outages. They do agree that the duration has come down from 12 hours to eight hours.

The representatives of town associations have urged the government to find a resolution to the circular debt and also said that it is the prime duty of government to supply power to industries on priority bases.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2011.


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