The end of load-shedding?

Muhammad Ali pointed to this news item about KESC supplying karachi with complete load of electricity, and not having to do any loadshedding in the city. I say, well done! Finally, they’re upto doing something right! The KESC is supplying karachi with its required 2250 mw of electricity after getting an additional 150 mw from wapda. Read the article for more details.

Apparently, KESC is doing some work, as today i saw them working in front of the colony where i live, laying down underground wires before the road was built over it.

9 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    before i begin, i request NO ONE to make this a racial/provincial war. please. we are educated sophisticated people so pls pls let the hatred be and lets be objective.

    but apparantly we’re getting punjab’s load? people on my msn have nicks reading “give us our electricity back, you Karachi-walas”.

    im sitting in the states right now and i heard geo announce that to supply power to sindh, punjab is being slashed. with the result that industrialists are threatening a strike against the four hour elec outages?

    if i am not wrong most major companies generate their own electricity. then why the hue and cry? they do in the spinning and textile units.

    i havent fallen prey to the outages. but i have been reading on the severity of the issue. i just hope this spell lasts, without any political damage anywhere or to anyone.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    @Mansoor:Its another lie.

    @Asthema:Prblem is that KESC always depended on WAPDA or other sources and never tried to generate their own energy.WAPDA was not in lahore in past so there was no such issue.Ignorants should make clear tht WAPDA doesnt mean Energy for Punjab only.It was supposed to be a fedral orginzation for power and water.

    What KESC needs ,infact they are doing now to genrate their own electricy.I was reading in papers that union councils of karachi has given suggesstion of seprate power plants for each union and quit depending KESC.I second this idea and its very cool.In this modern world we cant depend on single source anyway and there is always need of alternative sources to keep things running smooth.


  3. verysmart (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    I am amazed at our stupid nation, why cant people just simply address the root cause, why dont we gather on a platform and say YES WE NEED GIGANTIC DAMS AND WE NEED IT BLOOODY NOW!

    rather than threatening the government with executive industrial action


  4. anon_khi (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    To some extent KESC is to blame. But I think it is the vested interests of the political parties to make this privitization a flop so that they (the political parties) look good in the elections. Plus there is internal unrest too which is greatly being exploited by these political parties whose main goal is to bring Musharaf party to its knees. So rest assured….as hard as KESC tries to resolve it, it may never get better.


  5. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    This is ridiculous.

    You want “your” electricity back, fine, take it back, but hey stop taking huge loads of revenue (around 60%) from Karachi! will you?

    By the way, one more example of federal atrocities and “making Dhaka” can be found here:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5162662.stm

    Just wondering, why can’t the federal government give some autonomy to provinces and be fair with all of the provinces?


  6. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Anathema: Many of the industrial units in Karachi are still dependent on KESC for electricity but so many of them are converting to diesel/gas generators as their prime mode for electricity.


  7. turab (unregistered) on July 10th, 2006 @ 3:54 am

    we need dams !! rite here rite now its that SIMPLE!!


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 10th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

    @Mansoor Manny:IMO,those baloch sardars and their mates should be removed ASAP.I dont consider them saints and they are being backed by our neighbors.


  9. Karachiite (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    WAPDA is providing KESC with 750MW. Yet HUBCO produces 1250MW and is located in a suburb of Karachi. Instead of Karachi it has to sell it’s electricity to WAPDA and till recently there wasn’t even a direct connection to KESC.

    Where’s the fairness in that? Also, all the power plants in Sindh outside Karachi are part of WAPDA.

    KESC went to the dogs while being run from Islamabad through lack of proper management, non-investment in upgrading it’s transmission system and a resusal to allow it to increase it’s generation capacity.

    Even the charge that people don’t pay their bills is false. KESC collects over 90% of it’s billings. Any theft that occurs is part of gross mismanagement and neglect of the organization.

    To top it all KESC has been dumped into the hands of a shady private party in order to rid the federal government of any further responsibility.



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