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Omar Ayub blames KE for not improving system, as govt to provide additional power

  • The minister told the House, that they are providing an additional 100 megawatts of electricity to the KE, which is more than the contract agreement signed with it.
  • The government will provide more gas to the KE, which will result in generating 200MW of electricity.
Updated 09 Jul 2020

Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan has blamed K-Electric (KE) for not improving its system, which has lead to power outage issues in Karachi, saying that the government would help the company improve its capacity.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Omar Ayub Khan on Thursday said that the federal government has taken steps to improve the power supply in Karachi in order to address the problems of the people of the provincial capital.

The minister told the House, that they are providing an additional 100 megawatts of electricity to the KE, which is more than the contract agreement signed with it.

He added that 30,000 metric tons of furnace oil and 100 mmcfd gas have also been provided to the company. The minister added that the government will provide more gas to the KE, which will result in generating 200MW of electricity.

The Minister however regretted that the utility provider has failed to upgrade its system over the years, which has lead to constraints in taking up additional electricity from the national grid. He said the federal government will help KE to build its capacity.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar was of the view that the past governments did not pay attention to address the issue of load shedding in Karachi. He said the present government will implement the project to improve the power transmission and distribution system in Karachi.