NEPRA to hold public hearing over Karachi loadshedding issue

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is set to hold a public hearing over the issue of continuous and prolonged power outages in Karachi on July 10.

According to NEPRA sources, the regulatory authority will hold public virtual hearing on the issue via ‘Zoom App’.

Karachiites can be a part of the hearing and can obtain the meeting password via contacting NEPRA registrar via e-mail.

The development comes as there has been significant public dissent and uproar as Karachi is being subjected to unexplained, unscheduled prolonged power outages since the month of June.

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Prior to this, K-Electric – the sole electricity supplier of the metropolitan city, had cited fuel shortage for power outages. However, the claim was denied by Pakistan State Oil (PSO), and Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) who argued that sufficient supply of furnace oil and gas is being supplied to the electricity company.

Meanwhile, there has been increasing public demand to end K-Electric’s monopoly over the metropolis, urging government to take over the company itself.

Earlier, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh said that the Sindh government is willing to take control of K-Electric (KE), the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO), and the Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO).