cause or excuse? from the KESC

I read in the papers the other day that KESC was faced with sabatouers from the inside, who were cutting down power lines in various parts of the city and depriving the citizens of electricity. The police had apprehended a group of these ‘miscreants’ and had recovered from their posession many saws and wirecutters perfect for cutting electric wires.

When i first read the report, i thought (being the eternal optimist that i am) that finally the electricty problems would come to an end, or maybe even get reduced as one of the (apprently) major problems had been discovered. I was encouraged to form this view point, after receiving several excuses for power outages as powerlines being physically down.

However, when discussing this news item with a colleage of mine, he mentioned an interesting angle on the story… “is this the truth, or just some late excuse being offered by the KESC to fend off some attacks on its bad service this year”…. what do you think? Could sabotage be the actual reason KESC is giong through SUCH a big bad patch… or just a cover-up story for a transmission network that just doesnt want to work anymore..?

20 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 7:34 am

    I would believe that story, but partially. Both the kesc and ptcl faced heavy internal resistance prior to privatization. If you recall, even the army was used to subdue the resistance in ptcl. Also considering that their unions are politically aligned, the reason for sabotage on politicl grounds are believable.
    But once again, id buy this to an extent. There are more factors here.

  2. alias (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    Yes, there are more factors involved here.

    One, the linesmen have been giving away ‘kunda’ connections with prolificacy over the years. Considering how local cable TV operators have come and gone due to this very element, it’s not surprising to see what the KESC is going through.

    Two, the distribution network is already down to its knees. There’s no way its sustainable over the long term without a MAJOR investment.

    Three, the bureaucracy isn’t ever going to go away. A relative has been trying to get the underground cables fixed in front of his factory at F. B. Area for the last 2 years, even willing to pay the cost of the cables (several lacs), but the KESC just isn’t concerned.

    Four, in a country where you even have to pay the cost of electricity that you generate yourself, things will just keep going downhill. If you have a generator installed in your manufacturing company, you pay for the meter you get installed for the generator, the cost of electricity generated by that generator to the KESC, the taxes on that electricity generated, and the additional bribes to let it continue running.

    KESC, or Pakistan for that matter, is hopeless now. The GDP growth, the great returns in privatization, all’s going into the pockets of our ‘leaders’ and their companies. If there was any real growth, the utility companies would have been transformed by now and we would be a much happier bunch. I just see no future.

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    that KESC was faced with sabatouers from the inside, who were cutting down power lines in various parts of the city and depriving the citizens of electricity

    Yes its true and I have confirmed it from few sources.
    Beside that Frank revealved that there are 0.0 million ACs/Splits in Karachi who consume 700MW of power.Its big figure.I know we people cant sacrifice and quit using ACs.

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    Why should people who are using legit electricity and pay the bills suffer/sacrifice? Instead why not catch those millions of small/big ‘kunday walas’?

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    @Illufisionfs:For sake of humanity?Nobody appreciates kunda system but when we re in trouble we should cooperate with each others.We will not die if we dont use AC.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    I just noticed the mistake,it is 0.6 million ACs not 0.0 :D

  7. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    Its all bullshit that they found ppl who were cutting cables, its just not possible that they would have no electricity every day for few hours and then it’ll be back in the same places..
    they can cut/steal the wire once, twice not every day..

    About the A/c ofcourse we cant cut on that
    we pay for the electricity and damnn we pay alot of money, so they better be running

  8. Addy G (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    I have to agree with ILLUSIONFS, if people are using electricity and are abiding by the law… they shouldn’t be the one sacrificing…since it wudn’t stop the culprits from leeching off the electricity newayz…

    Although i must say, being a little conservative while using eneryg wud prove both easy on the peopel and as well as on our pockets ;)

  9. Adnan (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    we pay for the electricity and damnn we pay alot of money, so they better be running

    According to this rule if there is only container of water,I have right NOT to give water to other people around me since I paid much money than others therefore I have right to use water more than my requirment.This is bullshit.I smell capitalism from your statment.

  10. Addy G (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    I understand that the new rule is in action that requires the shopowners to be closed by 8 or 9 something. Whether this rule being implemented is a whole different story.

    If the above mentioned law is being enforced, maybe it can broaden up to the residential areas as well. For instance, last year during extreme hot summers in north america, the municipalities of some cities passed a law that placed a quota on water usage on every single house. Since we are facing some substantial power losses, maybe something similar can be put into action. I’ve seen bungalows that are just lavishing with flood lights and unnecessary lightings just for the sake of aesthetic looks, which otherwise could be prevented.

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

    adnan: thanks for the update! its good to know atleast somethings being reported right around here.

    umer zaman: i agree with your statement. Sorry adnan, but he is right. Afterall, it is a commercial entity now.. and if they demand money, then in response we demand service!

    addy g: if such a law is ever enforced, let me forecast what will happen.. defence, clifton, kda and other affluent areas will *still* continue with consuming more electricity while filling the pockets of our ever efficient police force.. while others, not being able to fill the pockets will be left to bear the brunt.

  12. sheysrebellion (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    I second what Inspirex said.

  13. SWA (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    I think we are all being a bit too harsh on KESC. Dammit the thing has been in tatters since the past 10-15 years! we’ve been having bad load shedding since when I used to be a kid!

    Now if we hand over such a broken down system that has taken abuse since the past 15-20 years to some new people, and that too in a city as big as karachi, we cant expect magic to happen in twenty minutes!

    I think we should all give KESC some time. They are working on it, and hopefully it will get better. It amazes me that when KESC was within govt. hands, nobody used to protest loadshedding as much. And now when it has been privatized, our tolerance level has dropped to zero. Does that make any sense???

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 2:46 am

    SWA: that is true… they just cant fix something which hasnt been upgraded in so many years.

    In my opinion though, i think that these protests and street rallies arent caused by citizens who suffer without electricity.. but rather is the work of a couple of financiers who dont want KESC to remian private… sounds like something out of da vinci code LoL!

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    @Mansoor:No wonder you didnt get my point.

  16. mansoor (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    adnan: care to explain jee?

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Mansoor reread my response to Umar Zaman,i even gave the example.If i am able to pay for something it doenst mean i have right to *steal* it from others.

    Nobody is saying that KESC is saint but when things are out of control by the managment then we the citizens of this city should take care of each other.If i keep my AC close for a day,it might give some happy moments to a person in Orangi or some other less developed area where 7/9 people live in a single room and dependant on a single fan.If we cant think like humans then we dont have right to preach about humanity or human rights.

  18. mansoor (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    adnan: isnt being able to afford something an ultimate goal of working for it? How come if i buy something, you refer to it as ‘stealing’?

    Where are my rights then? I may agree, somewhat, to the idea of sharing for everyone, but only to an extent. One of the major reasons people work, go through all sort of tensions and problems, is to improve their quality of life. Even though electricity is a basic human right now, over here, we have to work hard to be able to afford it. If someone can, and their lives can be improved by it, then why not?

    Back to the case of 7/9 people living in one room, i do feel for them, but most of the power breakdowns that are occuring nowadays, are due to network breakdowns, once that gets fixed, and still theres a shortage.. then i’ll see what to do next. Plus, its not that i dont go through the same ordeal as them… since power breakdowns are not particular in a single area, but happening city-wide.

    Since you pointed it out, id again mention for the sake of clarity, your talking about human rights for them… what about my human rights?

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 8th, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

    about human rights for them… what about my human rights?

    You have option to use Fan rather AC while millions are dependant on ACs.Just because many of us misuse facilities,majority of the city or any city can’t enjoy basic facilities of life.”Stealing” already clarified,ie capture something more than requirment.You can libe under a celing fan but you would still insist to use AC because you have one.Here you doesnt mean yourself at all.

  20. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    ammmmmmm another thing that i would like to point out here..
    i know so many ppl who have altered there electriticy meters and they dont pay full bills.. whose doing anything about that ??

    Why dont you inform KESC about all your relatives who have done it

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