KARACHI: Iftar, the government gas provider to southern Pakistan, is still contemplating whether to keep the existing load-shedding schedule in place for the holy month. Residents in Karachi are still waiting for confirmation of the Sui Southern Gas Company’s plan for managing gas load during Ramadan, notably in Sehar.
It should be reminded that SSGC is now doing load management from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., causing inconvenience for the general population.
According to ARY News, which quoted SSGC sources, the Sui Southern Gas Company will only be able to supply gas for 2 to 3 hours, except during Sehr and Iftar.
The SSGC management has scheduled a meeting at its headquarters to finalise the load management schedule for the Iftar and Sehr hours during Ramadan.
According to an SSGC official, the company has not yet decided whether to supply gas at Sehr timing.
It’s worth noting that Karachi has been facing considerable gas loadshedding since November. Consumers had to go without gas for the remaining 16 hours after the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) said that it would only give gas to household clients three times a day during mealtimes. Yet, many people claimed that the gas utility had broken its own promise because many metropolitan areas were still without power even throughout the officially planned luncheon of 12 to 2 p.m.
Earlier, Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif issued a directive to provide a continuous energy supply during Ramadan, particularly during Sehr and Iftar.
Power Minister Khurram Dastagir has directed power supply providers to ensure steady power delivery during the Sehar and Iftar hours.