KARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) on Thursday dismissed claims of reduction of gas supply to K-Electric (KE) and maintained that the supply has been increased from 50 million cubic feet (MMcf) to 240 MMcf.
“Despite a shortage of gas, more gas is being supplied to the power distributor,” the SSGC spokesperson said.
The intensity of power outages in the metropolis has risen in the past week and have made life miserable for Karachi residents, already enduring a trying summer with temperatures sometimes crossing 40°C.
On Wednesday many citizens took to the roads to protest against the prolonged outages.
Among areas to witness unannounced power cuts were various other neighbourhoods of Korangi and Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Liaquatabad, North Karachi, Kharadar, F B Area, Khadda Market, Lyari, and Orangi Town.
Residents found it increasingly difficult to stay indoors even as a lockdown was enforced in many parts due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Some areas, such as Liaquatabad C1, reported power restoration after an 18-hour long outage, only to be disrupted against close to 11pm.
Many believe KE is cutting off power “under the pretext of technical faults”.