Loadshedding hits city’s rural areas hard


KARACHI: Prolonged loadshedding is being carried out during the holy month of Ramazan in rural parts of the metropolis despite severe heatwave continues to hit citizens observing fast.

The worst affected areas include Sachal Goth, Maroora Goth, Ayub Goth, Safoora Goth, Federal B Area and few areas of New Karachi. Thousands of people are being affected daily due to power loadshedding. Old age and children are suffering most from ongoing heatwave, but K-Electric (KE) is still not feeling its responsibility to provide relief to them.

KE has failed to provide power to its consumers even they pay inflated bills. Over 1200 people have lost their lives in Karachi due to heatwave amid power load shedding. The higher authorities did nothing to stop load-shedding, even making tall claims before Ramazan that Sehar and Iftar time span would be free of load-shedding.

The complains were also not attended when the Federal B. Area’s citizen Abdul Gaffar made the complaint which took one-day for rectifying the fault. Many offices in Karachi are also hit by load shedding. The city is also facing acute water shortage due to power outages.

It may be noted that Sindh Information Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Memon recently said that K-Electric and federal government are responsible of deaths in Karachi due to heatwave. Talking to media after inquiring health of patients at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Memon said that most of the people of older age became victims of the heatwave.

“K-Electric is earning billions of rupees but it doesn’t spend even a single rupee over improvement of system”, Memon told newsmen. The minister said that 1200 people died in last nine days due to heatwave and load shedding.

Members of the provincial assembly, led by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, ministers and other lawmakers recently also set a precedent by staging a sit-in on a footpath opposite the assembly building against K-Electric. Several social and business organisations had already criticised the KE for not making arrangements for streamling power supply during the holy month of Ramazan.