Asad Umar issues stern warning to K-Electric again over excessive loadshedding

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has once again issued a warning to Karachi-Electric (KE) over prolonged loadshedding in the metropolis which has caused a nuisance for the city’s residents.

The minister, in an interview, said that it was not possible that the Centre did nothing while the needs of its citizens were not met. “The power distributor should fulfill its responsibility otherwise National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) will take action against it,” he said.

“If KE will not do its job, the Centre will play its role. If KE violates its agreement, an action would be taken against them,” Umar warned.

Separately, the Sindh Governor, while speaking to anchor Shahzad Iqbal during the Geo News programme Naya Pakistan said he would be writing a letter to NEPRA today (Monday), after which KE would have to refund consumers’ money if it is proved that the power distribution company is overbilling customers.

It is pertinent to mention that a meeting on power outages in Karachi was held in Karachi on July 11 under the chairmanship of the governor Sindh in which KE and NEPRA officials were also present.