Frustrated Sindh CM seeks control of K-Electric


Karachi April 20 (TNS): Frustrated Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Friday lashed out at the federal government for its apathetic attitude towards to the power woes of the province especially Karachi where 10 to 15 hours unannounced load-shedding has become a routine affair.
Due to the power cuts and heatstroke, 15 to 20 people fell unconscious on a daily basis while the power cuts have taken a toll on routine life and business activities.
The chief minister said that the envious federal government never wants the industry of Karachi to run. “The prime minister is busy in foreign tours and the federal authorities have turned a totally deaf ear to the issues facing the metropolitan city. If you cannot run the affairs of K-Electric, hand over its affairs to us, we will run them and show the competency,” Shah said addressing a function.
The unannounced power cuts also echoed in the Sindh Assembly where parliamentarians from both sides of the aisle lashed out at the federal government and the K-electric for failing to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the city. PML-F lawmaker Saifuddin staged a protest sit-in inside the parliament house against the power cuts, insisting that he would only leave the building when the Karachiiets get the electricity.
The Sui Southern Gas Company has not yet restored gas supply to K-Electric to run one of its 500 MW plants, which has been shut after the gas supply was severed on non-payment of dues.
Meanwhile, the Pak Sarzameen Party has planned a protest rally outside the K-Electric office and the Jamate-i-Islami outside the Karachi Press Club.
Meanwhile, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, who is in Lahore, demanded from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, President Mamnoon Hussain and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to resolve the power and water crises facing Karachi.
The Power Ministry has also called a meeting of K-Electric, SSGC, NEPRA and other stakeholders to sort out the excruciating power crisis in Karachi.