As citizens continue to suffer, KE says power supply is uninterrupted

While the K-Electric (KE) claimed on Thursday that it had managed to keep the power supply intact in the city, residents of Karachi continue to suffer hours-long power cuts in the sweltering heat.

KE said in a press statement that the temperature continued to rise in different parts of Pakistan, including Karachi, but power supply remained intact in most parts of the city. According to Imran Rana, director of communications and spokesperson for K-Electric, the city’s power supply remained uninterrupted from at least 85% of the system’s feeders, including 400 feeders that continued to provide constant power. to all industrial areas. .

However, prolonged power cuts have been reported in various areas including North Karachi, Surjani City, Shadman City, Buffer Zone, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar , Lyari, Saddar, Malir, Landhi, Korangi, Defense Housing Authority, Clifton, Boat Basin, Ibrahim Hyderi, II Chundrigar Road and Shah Faisal Town, where power outages continued to add to the misery of residents.

Buffer Zone resident Ghania Ali shared with The News that there was no electricity in their area all day. She said they had to install a Rs 55,000 inverter right away as the weather was unbearable and they couldn’t survive without moving the fans.

Ayehsa Manzil resident Muhammad Ameen said Wednesday night was just a nightmare for them. “We faced intermittent power outages in such hot weather,” he said, adding that if the situation persisted they would have to resort to protests on the roads.

Rana, on the other hand, denied any allegations of 12-2 p.m. load shedding in any part of its service areas and said, “While there is an obvious increase in demand for electricity at As the mercury rises, K-Electric takes every measure to provide maximum relief to its consumers. Currently, the power supply to the majority of K-Electric’s service areas has remained completely stable. The schedule by zone for all potentially affected consumers has been uploaded in advance on the KE website. In addition, KE sent preemptive messages to customers to keep them informed of their potential load shedding schedules. »

Shedding light on KE’s efforts to handle the situation, he shared that a 24/7 crisis watch cell had been set up under the direction of the company’s distribution director.

Comprised of senior executives and key members of the operations team, this cell actively and closely monitors the supply and demand situation and conveys instant relief to consumers.

Additionally, KE has engaged with civic agencies, local and provincial stakeholders to mount a joint response to the current crisis. Going beyond its traditional role as an electric utility, KE has also established camps in support of philanthropic organizations to provide respite to commuters on the road during peak hours of the day.

The KE spokesperson advised citizens to stay hydrated with maximum water intake while avoiding unnecessary and direct sun exposure, especially during the hours of extreme heat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The KE 118 call center, 8119 SMS service, KE Live application, social media platforms and WhatsApp self-service portal remain active 24/7 to help customers with their questions. .

Alan A. Seibert