Industry adversely affected by extended load shedding


KARACHI: The Site Association of Industry on Tuesday expressed grave concern over unannounced load shedding by K-Electric which lasted 12 hours -from midnight to noon – on Monday.

Previously K-Electric had unannounced load shedding from 7pm to 9pm and 12 midnight to 7am.

The unannounced frequent change of load shedding schedule has been affecting production causing financial losses, the association stated.It further said that 12-hour long power was making it impossible for industrial units to survive.

Site Association Chair­man Asad Nisar said the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) has provided 165 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD), which is a sufficient quantity of gas with normal pressure to KE.

During summers, the power company must use furnace oil and diesel for additional generation to reduce unannounced load shedding.He said industries located in Site Industrial Area have been among the major affectees.

“Most of the small industries are vendors for large exporters and are now idle due to non-availability of electricity,” he added.

Nisar strongly urged the prime minister and chief minister Sindh to take note of KE’s actions and direct the resumption of normal power supply to industries in Karachi.