Karachi 1 – Dept of Labour Sindh 0 ??

As we all know, recently a new act was instiuted in the city of karachi whereby shops were to be closed by 8 PM. The premise behind it being that shops were major consumers of electricity at night, which led to general loadshedding across the city.

As we have *yet* to see any improvements in the loadshedding schedule of KESC, even after two weeks of of shops closing down early.. what i saw yesterday night was the only solution left.

At 9 PM shops and malls across the clifton area were open and showed no signs of closing. There has not been any news reports (which i have seen yet) which confirmed this, however various rumors are circling regarding the repealing of this act.

If yesterdays schedule is to continue, we karachites can now once again enjoy shopping till the wee hours of the night and the city will once again start on the path to restore its former glory!

Update: According to unofficial sources, shops/malls can now remain open till 9 PM since its “too hot shopping” till 5:30 – 6:00. My observation is that shops were closed before 10 PM today, but im still not sure about the time.

9 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

    Although I am not a fan of the 8pm Market closedown policy.
    But I also do not support the blatant disregard of the law. How can we criticize the government for not enforcing other laws if we make mockery of the simpler ones?

  2. Nabeel (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    what former glory? the 2-day long electricity shutdowns, you mean?

    n for god sakes,its only been two weeks. its not a lot of time considering the massive deficit.

    i agree with yoyo-we do not have the right to criticize the government if we ourselves cannot follow the laws.

    i just put down some of my ideas in another related post,please go ahead and read them-or i can just copy paste here but that reflects poorly on the readers here-it doesn’t take much to open another link.


  3. syed (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    being an old karachi wala, I hate to see the roshiniu ka sheher become andher nagri after 8:0 pm???
    what kind of stupid approach is this?

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    yo yo: its not blatant disregard.. theres some sort of new clause which has taken the timings upto 9 PM instead of 8 PM. i think its cuz of the HEAT karachi is being subjected to.

    nabeel: your response is all very idealistic, and to a lot of ur ideas.. i say should be implemented, but come ON! be a *little* realistic here jee! oh.. n the glory days were ‘the city that never sleeps’ :D

    syed: andher nagri!!! couldnt have put it better myself! look at shahrah-e-faisal at 10 PM and it looks like its part of a ghost town :S

  5. Nabeel (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    yes,i know,idealistic i am…realistically nothing will happen…but it also means that things will not improve…which,i think,nobody wants.

    roshni ka sheher…the city that never sleeps…lets be a little realistic here too…those lights run on electricity…when you don’t have electricity,the lights can’t be turned on…it’s as simple as that.

    if karachi resembles a ghost town we have no one but ourselves to blame-because it is the dishonest and corrupt public that steals electricity and doesn’t pay bills-it is us who waste electricity by using 10 lights where 5 would suffice-it is us who run 2 ACs all day long and demand more and more electricity from the KESC.

    i’m a ‘new karachi wala’,so to speak…and i can’t understand why people have nothing better to do than shop and eat.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    nabeel: KESC was a public utility and since recently a commercial entity. Is it not the job of the utility/commercial to produce goods to be able to sell of consumers? and its not as if they’re doing it as a favour or even for free?! we’re charged a HEFTY sum for it! while i agree that there are major problems within KESC (corruption, old infrastructue and what not) these are things which need to be resolved and we as a city and as a nation move forward!

    Conserving electricity is a very good mantra for areas which have reached a level of economic prosperity where they can afford not to work for 16 hours a day and still make a decent living… howver, a growing/prospering nation just cannot afford it. People here need to work 16 to 20 hours a day to make a living and to continue the cycle of economic routine rather than just sit on their caboose waiting for handouts!

    Electricity is a necessity, both for people who, sadly, waste it (they must have some reason, even if it sounds sane to them only) and those who use it to work and prosper. Its just typical of us as a nation, that we would need more electricity to sleep soundly rather than to do any productive work :@ dont even get me started on that!!

    Now, to another point.. since i’ve raved on electricity being a driving factor long enough.. shops were closed because it would conserve electricity… then why do we still have loadshedding at night? clearly, that sends the message that the problem lies more in the infrastructure than the supply.. Secondly, there are many ‘other’ ways to generate electricity… solar, hydro, wind, nuclear(?), why not use them? Like someone mentioned on another post.. we have a policy of minimum power generation requirement for a wind power plant for being 50 MW, which is too expensive, why not take it down to 1 MW like our neighbour? After that, economy takes over.. if your not convinced.. look at the telecom sector. Did anyone even IMAGINE 5 years ago that mobile airtime would come down to around Rs. 1?? when our ‘neighbours’ had that rate..? Why do u think that was so?

    And lastly, for the answer of ‘why people have nothing better to do than shop and eat’ cuz they dont *know* about a lot of other stuff they can do! Look out for my next post where i’ll bring up another way to have a great outing.

  7. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    Well shops are closing early, theres no doubt in that..
    the timing has been changed to 9pm from 8pm..
    its sad at one level to go out and see everything closed but then again.. it is maybe good for us..
    btw: whatever happened to the KPT Fountain ??
    as far as i know it was one hell of an amount of money that they spent on that fountain to be placed.. i even heard a rumor that somethign got stuck in it at one time and it was off for a week or two… its not working right now.. that part i know.. is it to save energy ? or wat ?

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    umer: the KPT fountain has been turned off due to the monsoon season and will restart after september i think. Acc. to my sources, the sea gets too rough during the monsoon and presents a hazard to the fountain components.

  9. Nabeel (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

    i agree with what you’re saying,mansoor. but i was talking about what we can do-because we do not control the KESC. Or do we?

    Obviously a big part of the problem lies within the KESC-the corruption and terrible infrastructure particular. So how do we fix the problems in the KESC? We tried bringing in new management….and it has not made a difference so far.

    So far.

    Considering the magnitude of the problems,aren’t you asking for nearly instant results? But I don’t know about that,about the technical side of things…so I don’t know if its too early to ask for less loadshedding or not.

    I must say however that the new KESC management seems to be trying to make a difference….the new CEO,the German guy,was at a seminar in our university and before anything else he attacked his own organization nad acknowledged the faults within-and then moved on to talking about the massive demand/supply deficit and how it could be decreased.excellent speech.

    again i agree with you-we can use other ways of generating electricity and it is inexplicable why we do not.karachi can use wind,solar,and nuclear power (there’s a reactor at Port Qasim,if I’m not mistaken) but poor incentives from the government, i guess.

    no,i agree…competition would make a difference…as of now the KESC holds a monopoly over power generation and that is why you are suffering,I am suffering,all except KESC stakeholders and government officials are suffering.

    oh come on.people can’t think of something else to do.but i’m waiting for your next post.

    by the way,isn’t the KPT fountain a massive waste of energy too? or do they have their own generator?

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