SITE Association flays 12-hour power outages

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Karachi - The SITE Association of Industry has expressed serious concerns and reacted strongly on the announcement of 12-hour loadshedding by Karachi Electric Supply Company.


Specially the resident of adjoin areas of Federal B. Industrial Area badly suffered due to long hour loadshedding.  

In two spells from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to 5:00 am from 17.04.2013 the schedule has been changed from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6.00 pm to 10:00 pm and then from 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Unannounced frequent change of load shedding schedule further affects production causing production and financial losses. Twelve hours in a day loadshedding makes impossible to survive in these economic conditions with increasing costs and shortage of supply of diesel/gas for self-generation of power. To reduce, if not eliminate, the number of hours of loadshedding to acceptable limits otherwise there is no other alternative except to shutdown the factories.

The industrial sector has suffered millions of rupees production losses due to 12 hours unannounced load shedding being carried out by Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) in industrial areas of the city.

KESC starts load shedding in industrial areas on one pretext or the other which hampers industrial production activities adversely. The load shedding will make unemployment besides affecting the activities of routine life in the city. Water supply also affected due to load shedding. He said that industrial sector has been targeted as the main victim of this massive load shedding although the business community is best paymaster as paying all utility bills on time.

Dr Arshad Vohra said that government should come up with a clear cut energy policy as the unscheduled and hours long power outages were causing unprecedented losses to both the trade and industry.

The industrial production activities have already been declined by 50 percent in the city only because of hours’ long electricity suspension.

He further said the load shedding creates unemployment in the city and will affect law & order situation which is already in worst condition. The industry in Karachi is already suffering from a variety of problems in keeping the production wheel rolling and in addition to it protracted load shedding and frequent breakdown in industrial estates, mainly due to efficiency and mismanagement of KESC have further aggravated the situation and rendered industrial units at the verge of collapse, he added. He also proposed that the commercial sale of electricity by the Captive Power Plant may be allowed to save industries from fatal collapse.

Dr Vohra strongly urged the Governor of Sindh and the Chief Minister of Sindh to take serious note of this illegitimate action of KESC and instruct KESC to immediately resume normal power supply to the industries in Karachi.

Courtesy:  Nation


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