pm takes notice

during a high level meeting with members from the mqm on friday, shaukat aziz directed the ministry of water and power and the kesc to take immediate steps to bring an end to power breakdowns in karachi; the dawn reported today.

the directive comes amid growing frustration among the masses at the heightened power outages in the city. protestors have been buring tires and pelting stones at cars all over the city. some shopkeepers, apparently, have joined in the protests as the mandatory shop closure at 8 pm has brought no respite to the loadshedding.

lets hope the follow up meeting which was scheduled to be held today provided some positive results instead of degenerating into the usual blame game and hollow promises. with elections due to be held next year and with karachi playing host to nearly 10 % of the population, you’d expect the elected officials to be on their toes. maybe they’ll actually achieve something.

12 Comments so far

  1. Saadu (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

    More reason to build dams. All those who oppose building dams should sit out a day in the street without a fan or cold water and then comment on why not to build damn. Time is running out. Instead of F16s build infrastructure. Build transit system, build power plants.

  2. Zaheer (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    Like I said more than a year ago on this forum,

    we need to DO something about this problem: Take Action, sit down together and think, lets not just hope, this time make them do something to fix this poblem, It is getting insane now.


  3. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    Instead of begging the federal government, Karachi city government should think about generating power on its own.

    As far as the Dams are concerned, Saadu we all know that the dams should be contructed ASAP, but it is the mistrust b/w Punjab and other provinces which is holding us back.

    One example of mistrust: Can anyone guarantee that Punjab will not dig out canals and/or supply lines from the Kala Bagh damn to supply water to its own land? I bet that would happen no matter what and that means less water for Sindh.

    Federal government (read Punjab) should take actions to establish trust with other provinces.

    Some of the links related to the Kalabagh damn:

  4. Cemendtaur (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    I find the news (Shaukat Aziz directing KESC to bring an end to power breakdowns) rather amusing. Does Aziz believe KESC has a few generators stashed away somewhere, which they would now, on getting directions from Aziz, fire up bringing ‘an end to power breakdowns’? Doesn’t he realize that the crumbling power generation system can only produce a fraction of what the burgeoning population demands? That when all hands are in the air asking for their share of the production, the stronger hands that rise the highest (read ‘areas where people of influence live’) would be the ones that would be rewarded?


  5. verysmart (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    yey, mr aziz ordered wapda to give karachi 700 megawatts more… this shall see and end to most of the problems

    The issue is.. from where Wapda will get those additional 700MWs??

    :) I bet lahories are in for soem summer treat now :)hehe

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 4:30 am

    verysmart: Karachi is to get an additional 100MW’s from wapda.. and it is getting 600MW’s from wapda already… so that makes it 700MWs.

  7. verysmart (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 5:33 am

    yeh sorry guys.. i read the news in details now, only 100MWs more, anyways, not bad.. wht surprises me is that we are importing electricity from KENYA… !!!!!! gosh this is the limit

  8. verysmart (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 5:41 am

    our sindhi brother complain that punjab will hold their share of water and ask for ransome if kalabagh dam is built, my question is, what will they do when the flow of river indus will be soo thin that it might not reach sindh at all.

    Afghanistan is already building a Dam on River Kabul (with Indian help)so the flow of River Kabul will be thinner in the next few years.

    If we build Dams we might be able to hold reservoirs for more than a year’s supply, so this can help in those years when it doesnt rain at all.

    Secondary, we get Electricity, DUH!!… Heloo, how can we be so stupid to oppose building Dams????

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    No doubt that palejo is a moron and being Bugti of Sind province.But the issue of that water thingie.I dont know technical details but I did read tht WAPDA offered outerworld for selling electricity and not supplying enough electricity to KESC.I often read in papers tht WAPDA decreased supply at HUBCO link.I wonder why WAPDA do that.In presence of such reservations i dont see any chance tht KBD dream will come true.

  10. veryfunny (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 4:40 pm


    This new reminds me of a program that comes on TVOne named the Four Man Show which features a fictitious new channel Channel 4..

    They do parody of the current news channels on air.

    What is actually reminds me is about an interview in this program with a actor playing Musharraf. The is a part of the transcript:

    Host: Yeh bataiyeh ke aap ki hakoomat ne qeematon (prices) ko kyun kam nahin kya? Is ko to koi hal hona chahiye…

    Musharraf: Ye aap ko kisne bataya? Bhae Ham ne woh.. munna biscuit ko sasta kya hai usko Dhai (2.50) rupees kar kardya, woh Sher ki Doli (panadol paracetamol etc.) hoti Ae na wo 1 rupey ki kardi aur ping pong ball bhi sasti kardi Yeh aap na pata ho to kyun poocha

    Host: Nahin, Munna biscuit to 10 rupey ke bik rahe hain…

    Musharraf: Achaa!! Allah Ki Kasam mujhe nahin pata tha liye mein note karta hoon, pen dijiye..

    I think this is the same scenario, here the PM/musharraf reports in a press conference that there is no power shortage in the country. Once a journalist tells him that there are protests underway in Karachi against loadshedding. Musharraf Says:

    Allah ki kasam mujhe nahin pata tha

    Then PM reports that:

    Hum ne power shortage ka notice le liya hai. Hum kuch karenge….

  11. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Its all just bullshit !!
    they wont do #%^#$ about it, we are facing this load cause everyone has 4 A/cs running in there homes and offices..
    a month or two later ppl wont be using all this and it’ll all be okay and someone will ofcourse take credit for that..
    theres this staind song in which he says “i only know that i can change, everything else just stays the same” though he was referring to something totally different.. but thats whats gonna happen here… buy a generator/UPS and you’ll be sorted

  12. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    Yesterday we had 12 hour power break down and according to news source, people who went to kesc complaint center were physically abused by armed men in civilian cloths… good governance

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