KESC and Karachi-ites
DISCLAIMER!!!! At the risk of sounding preachy, I am putting forth my next entry. What I say here is a suggestion, (laced in sarcasm), it does not mean I have the answers, just a thought. Let the onslaught begin!
(For the folks who actually want to kill themselves after reading my posts, please, you are being warned, do not read any further, I am sure your mother loves you, live for her sake)
There is something one can do with regards to KESC. I believe it’s called waking up early and getting to bed at a decent hour. When a city like ours has power shortages (as is evident, and yes power shortages are a global problem, but we have it a little worse because we have people who are not willing to make sacrifices), we have to all buckle under and do something for the greater good.
We each have grown up with power issues. We can deal with them, if they were conducted like they are in the Punjab, that they are known ahead of time. People can plan their day and so not fume and dive into inefficiency.
If the shopkeepers would close their shops at mughrib time rather than at 10pm, with 200W – 400 W bulbs in their stores to attract night shoppers, we could all share that power.
I understand the factories need the power during the days and that is fine. 3 * 1 hour power cuts everyday rolling across the city are fine in residential areas. We can adjust to that if each locality knows when and where this power cut will come.
Shopkeepers do not need high wattage bulbs during the day (well not all shopkeepers), so we can use energy saver bulbs instead and also just cut the over all usage of power. ALSO by closing shops earlier, we can save tonnes of power right there. The main issue of course is that shopkeepers will not open the stores early, when there is actual daylight to work with. The shops open at 12pm in most localities. Noon? Are they serious about their business? If you simply use the morning light and open at 9 or 10am and instead close shop by 6pm, the amount of electricity we can conserve will be worth it. If we all pull together, the city can improve. Are people willing to use energy saver bulbs? Do shops really need to be open until 9/10pm on weekdays?
What is the point of these late night elaborate wedding functions burning electricity all night when there is an energy crisis? I gripe about KESC because it limits our efficiency as a nation but the real problem is our own people. KESC has limited resources but if we work together, our entire city may actually benefit.
Are the people here willing to make sacrifices? No. of course not, that would mean we will have to wake up earlier, we will have to actually DO something ourselves and then who will one blame? It’s always comforting to know that “it’s someone else’s fault”. “The fault (dear Brutus) is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings”
I know we have issues with power due to
1. poor planning 2. bad maintenance 3. Power lines are so old that when transporting electricity from the hubs, we lose 50% of the power just there (in transportation), due to the poor state of the lines (for those of you who may be so inclined, please read up on Power transmission) but these are the constraints we have to live with and if we are serious about “loving Karachi” lets offer more than lip service. Talk is cheap.