KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, while expressing deep concern over K-Electric’s (KE) poor performance, urged the utility service provider to focus on improving its infrastructure.
In a statement, Khan pointed out that due to K-Electric’s cost-cutting measures, almost all the localities of Karachi city have to suffer unannounced load-shedding and power failures every day.
“People from different walks of life, who have been inhabiting in various localities, sought KCCI’s assistance in pressurizing KE to ensure uninterrupted power supply,” he added.
He further said, “The industries have also suffered badly due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown for more than two months and now, K-Electric has also resorted to massive load shedding, which poses threat to the already staked survival of industries.”
The president pointed out that KE has been earning huge profits every year but, unfortunately, it has not been adequately investing in improving the dilapidated distribution network.
He said that instead of improving the distribution network, KE has been replacing reliable copper wires with comparatively cheaper and low-quality aluminum wires, which are purely incapable of managing the electricity load in various areas of the city.
Agha Shahab requested Prime Minister Imran Khan, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and other concerned ministers at the Federal and Provincial levels to review the situation and issue strict directives to K-Electric to improve its infrastructure and ensure uninterrupted power supply to the public and also the business and industrial community.