Karachi: Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake, with sweltering temperatures up in the High 40’s ringing alarm bells for the worst which is unfortunately, yet to come.
The residents of the metropolis braved yet another hot day on Friday as K-Electric and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) were involved in a war of words over a number of prolonged power failures.
K-Electric officials claimed yesterday that due to a reduction in gas supply, 500MW gas fired plants are currently not operational in Karachi and creating an additional shortfall in the system, but the official in Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) denied its claim and says there is no reduction in the gas supply to K Electric.
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The two entities have also taken their war online through Social media platforms. KE says it is getting only 90 mmcfd of gas at the moment, which is insufficient to meet the energy demands of consumers, compared to an average of 163 mmcfd in summer 2017 and 193 mmcfd in summer 2016.
— KE (@KElectricPk) March 30, 2018
According to SSGC, the Gas Supply Agreement (GSA) between the two companies is for 10 mmcfd only, but SSGC is continuing to supply around 95 mmcfd of gas to KE in the larger interest of the people of Karachi. SSGC also claims that KE owes it Rs80 billion.
— SSGC Official (@SSGC_Official) March 30, 2018
Federal Minister for Power Awais Ahmad Leghari Taking notice of the ongoing tussle between K-Electric and SSGC has instructed both institutions to resolve the issue in the better interest of people of Karachi.
On the other hand Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.
According to Met office, 40oC temperature recorded in the metropolis today.