WARNING – Power Failure Threat Looms Large

Inconspicuously cushioned in the middle of today’s DAWN, is a notice that many might fail to notice. It is alarming to note that KESC has officially published a statement that all of Karachi will witness a power failure on Sunday morning from 6:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

That’s right. The precious few hours of sleep we get on Sunday mornings and that’s also taken away.

KESC continues to outdo itself on the pretext of “system upgradation”. Systems are upgraded everywhere in the world. Pray do tell, why doesn’t this happen in any other country? Stop for a moment and rethink. All this jubilation about this year’s budget being the ‘best budget’ in Pakistan’s history, is it really making any difference in our lives?

And oh, I wanted to post this 9 hours ago but power failures have taken up most of the day.

18 Comments so far

  1. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    Now the news should be when KESC does supply electricity.

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    thanx a bunch bayl…. well im off for sleep


  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 2:53 am

    I object…. the above post is not mine…. some one toot my name

  4. MoYo (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    thanx for the warning…. im off to get myself some generation fuel

  5. Sohail (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    This is very frustrating…!Our govt claims that we are moving forward, while electricity is the basic need of nation, and it is going back….! Why? KESC doesnt have any department, who figure out future load and do some step to upgrade power, according to the need of city.
    This is not like people doesnt pay bills, i am sure everybody pay their bills so why the hell we have situation like this, and i dont know how long karachi will suffer in this pain…! what are our provicial as will as citi govt doing? Does any body have any plan??? Our City Govt talk about bridges, buses, signalless corridors, bypasses, high riser buildings, parks, and i dont know what else…! but why dont they think about power required for those mega projects….! Source of power??? how they will run??? these are scope of project!
    Are they only for mouth…! There are mistakes of our planners and thinktanks.
    Anyways…! Now its time to getride of any project except power stations! City govt should put money on project for power stations only…! they should consider for future load too…! Generator and UPS are not solution, may be for short time…! but definatly somebody have to think about it…!

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 4:57 am


    Good Luck Karachiites :\

  7. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 5:13 am

    I got the twitter as soon as i got into the house, thought it was bs as i had just come from Saddar. Things seemed ‘tensed’ & ppl apprehensive, but dint things they’ll spark.

    Suffice to say, I was very wrong.

    Took me 13 mins to go travel from one part of Zamzama to the other….& i thanked God I was going away from it….The line coming towards zz was all the way from the fountain to the u-turn at Tauheed…not even space to walk :S.

    Traffic cops @ 2 talwaar, shut down the underpass, had to take the detour through boat-basin….ppl shouting and burning tires there.

    3 seperate incidents of ppl fighting amongsts each other &/or with cops. (20+ crowds here), as well as burning of tires & demonstrations at diff places till AKUH.

    I just returned home & again 2 seperate incidents where ppl were fighting like dogs on the middle of the road.
    A crowd outside the KESC office at pnt colony, screaming and burning tires…..no light except the fires & few cars on the road. (around 2:30am btw).

    My point, what the hell is happening to the ppl of this city??

    The heats really getting to everyone.

    Lets all have some freaking self control, beating each other or burning/vandalising property wont do zilch.

    It only raises fear & anxiety amongst everyone, not to mention the disruption of lives & activities :(.

    Hmmm…who can guess the real TM??

    Sahi guess karne wale ko Free KOLGATE. :P.

  8. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 5:16 am

    Btw, the grid @ Mai Kolachi over heated and caught fire, thus the complete black out in the entire area.

    The KESC dude i talked to said that there were problems @ 12 stations through out the city & service should not be expected to return to “normal” for atleast the next 72 hours! :S.

    Make of that what you will!.

  9. newb3e (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    well someone told me that we (pakistan) are building a new nuclear power station so all the power is diverted there and we are getting less

  10. AH (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 6:37 am

    What is the government doing in regards to generating more electricity? Is anything being done?

  11. sarfaraz (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 7:13 am

    Yaar, blaming KESC does not solve any problem.
    To be honest, KESC can’t do much they are just supplier not producer of electricity. So, if we all save a little electricity, we all save alot.

    At my workplace, i have seen people complaining about shortage of electricity but at the same time they never attempt to save any electricity.

    Trust me it will work, just do your part & see the magic.

  12. Pkhan (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    @ Sarfaraz
    Do you live in Karachi?First gentleman who said some thing sensible, well said and people should realize that just switching off couple of bulbs or unneccessary electric will do so good for the whole city. This is all about demand and supply if at peak hours we can conserve things can improve a lot but 30% to 40% people and industrialist are stealing the electricity which is a serious problem for all. Instead of people burning and fighting amongst each other find who is stealing? and give them an exemplary punishment,People are oppose to DAMS? So suffer the consequences.

  13. br0ke (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    you guys should contribute by shutting off your computers….

  14. Bolshevik (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 6:01 pm
  15. Bolshevik (unregistered) on June 10th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    We placed this smack in the middle of the front of our Karachi pages (at DT). Also, you won’t have enough water today. Thank the KESC for that too, the KWSB-waalahs said.


  16. noclue123 (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    With so much talk of the billions of dollars in foreign investment and billions of dollars in reserves, I really am having hard time to understand why isn’t anyone investing in the power sector.

  17. Concerned (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    There hasnt been any major invesment (private sector) in power generating sector since the issues HUBCO faced. Power generators are scared to step in the country, where the word of the prime minister (BB at tht time) has no value.

  18. Balma (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

    * the issues HUBCO faced. Power generators are scared to step in the country, where the word of the prime minister (BB at tht time) has no value.

    ***** How much money does one think Budnazir made from that deal?

    A rep of a foreign investor in that project told me once that they will never invest in Pakistan again.

    Our country is full of maha crooks.

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