Heavy rains play havoc in Karachi

Civic services badly affected; Many areas face power cut
Amanullah Khan

Karachi—Heavy rain continued to beat the extreme heat in Karachi after three four years yet the power outages of long durations turned the pleasant weather into trouble due highly vulnerable power distribution and other civic infrastructure in this largest metropolitan. Standing rain waters on broken roads and chocked sewerage system all around added to the plight of the citizens. Cloud bursts accompanied by gusty wind lashed the city on Tuesday and Wednesday while the administration has taken the routine decision of imposing section 144 around the coastal areas with a ban on swimming or taking a bath along side the Karachi shore for 30 days during the monsoon season.
The domestic power consumers who are subjected to pay GST on electricity consumption make no sense because they are using power for any trade purpose.
In fact the ever increasing price of electricity with the imposition of taxes has become the most pricking issue for the citizens as they are paying exorbitant price of electric charged by aid highly miserable distribution system as a little rain last night put Some 677 electricity feeders tripped in Karachi as soon as it started drizzling last night leaving several areas of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and Federal B. Area without power supply for hours. Residents of some areas in Defence, Kaneez Fatima Colony, Korangi, Malir, Landhi, Lyari and Shah Faisal Colony were also forced to face power outage during sehri. Many localities were still without power supply even after, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad directed the concerned officials at K-Electric to restore supply in the affected areas at the earliest after taking notice of the issue.
The city is also feared to face water shortage after a supply line at the Dhabeji Pumping Station exploded due to sudden power disruption. With more rains in store, people in Karachi could face issues of power outage and disruption to travel in the days to come while fasting in Ramazan.

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