Asad Umar, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives said that the lack of a proper power transmission and distribution system is the reason behind increased load shedding in Karachi; he promised that the federal government – PTI – will improve it in “record time.”
Speaking in the National Assembly, Mr. Umar said the weak distribution and transmission system was the apathy of previous governments – PPP and the PML-N.
The minister said, “The cabinet committee on energy called emergency meetings and summoned officials from KE, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), and the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC). Agreements were made, and implementation will be done in record time.”
He agreed that the opposition had termed the K-Electric chairperson as a “mafia”, giving the impression that the power utility had been privatized during this government.
The planning minister shared that we (PTI government) were told that the PPP could end load shedding in six months if the power utility were given to them.
To prove his tentative remarks, he referred right from the Zulfiqar Bhutto’s era and, till now, said, “They have been involved in load-shedding for 35 years”.
Umar also recalled that the previous government energy minister (Khawaja Asif) asked about load shedding in Karachi, he said that the city was “not his problem”.