Your Plans for the Upcoming Black Summer

“Mark my words, the city will sink in complete darkness in the coming summer and the citizen of Karachi will face the worst situation ever in the history of Pakistan,” warned Teli.

These are the words of an ex head of KCCI as reported by Daily Times in a news story that revolved around the details of the upcoming, much dreaded and death-sure black summer as given by the head of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC).

How do you plan to cope with the upcoming power-free summer? Life-style changes? Two UPSs and a generator to charge them? Group generators for the entire neighborhood? Migration from Karachi?

25 Comments so far

  1. Humayun (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 2:14 am

    The summer will be worst we are already short of 250-350 MW Power and it is expected that WAPDA might fell short of another 700MW.

    May Allah save us all and give us enough patience to bear the upcoming difficulties given by our Govt & KESC.


  2. JayJay (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 5:37 am

    Humayun – Allah can’t save us all as He does not know much about the intricacies of power generation with turbines. And patience also comes from within.

    Our solutions are also with us.
    Probably, the best way will be to look for conservation measures, such as, 5-day working week, daylight saving hours for summer to have early start when days are long, changing shopping hours, punishing consumption at peak hours through billing surcharge and of course, long and short-term planning to generate power to meet growing demand.


  3. starkcontrast (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 6:05 am

    @JayJay And possibly allowing new power generation through private parties outside of those provisions of the IPP.. and actually paying those Independent Producers on time rather then 2 months late.

    The Government needs to fuss up to the power crisis and actually help growth in the power generation sector rather then this hoopla with wapda and kesc.


  4. (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 10:59 am
  5. Ibn-e-batoota (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

    @JayJay,

    You could have sounded better had you not use your ignorant rant against Allah.

    Allah has the power to turn your life into living hell. If you still don’t care, keep posting similar stuff and you would have it coming, Ameen.


  6. fahmed (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

    any one remember the Mayor of karachi announcing setting upof 4000 MW power plant in karachi.

    he said 1800MW would come online within 18 months!!

    iam 99% sure that was just an election gimmick, comming a few days before the general elections.

    poeople should have his by his balls if it turns out a lie!!!!!!!!

    i was just stunned to learn that UAE has an installed capaciti of more then 19,000MW for a population of 3.5 million and it would be increased to 26,000MW by the year 2010.

    we have a capacity of less then that, i think 15,000 or so for 160 million!!!

    pathetic!!!!


  7. AlifNoon (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    Liberals of Karachi…????

    Check this out…
    http://www.jang.net/jm/2-24-2008/pic.asp?picname=3822.gif

    Just a tiny news…..offcourse the masters may get upset if it was any more prominent.


  8. Barrister Ali K.Chishti (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

    Chalo Chalo England Chalo!!!!

    on a serious note, buy a damn in generator now to start with ..no point of even discussing how much megawatts we need, we don’t …!


  9. fahmed (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

    the cost of running a generator for 90% of the poluplation which can afford to buyone is too much. what to talk of the vast amjority of the ones who can’t even dream of a UPS!

    I got an honda petrol 5.5KVA genset a few years back.

    just to run it for half of the day for one month would take one month’s salary of a person working in a multinational firm not to talk of 95% who work for local firms or the govt.


  10. fahmed (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

    @AlifNoon

    we are discussing thepower shortage on this topic and u are posting a news of somone’s murder.

    whats wrong with u?

    don’t we have a right to discuss something normal, like lack of power in our city, for once?


  11. karachite (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

    scared the shit out of me


  12. Dr.HB (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    y dont they build nuclear powerplants in some secluded area of pakistan?


  13. ali-en (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

    The fact is that when we do have electricity, many of us use it recklessly. What else do you expect? However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many people, not limited to any class–even katchi abadis are involved in this, blatantly use "kundas" or other forms of power theft. Unless we crack down on that, any new power generation would be very near useless.


  14. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:05 am

    strange thing i have noticed is that government commits no load shedding on some national events like Moharram and recent elections. And they do fulfill their commitment. But how??? arent we short of 300-400 MW. How do they were able to manage to overcome this shortage in moharram and elections???


  15. BoZz (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    @JayJay well put. I am in toatl agreement that Allah should be left out of this and all other discussions. Those wishing to find salvation, go to a masjid. God will NOT come down and help us. Only we can help ourselves. But then again this philosphy is for the strong not for the weak and ignorant.


  16. fAr stAr (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    @tariq: and there wasn’t a min of load shedding on the election day :S


  17. fahmed (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    @Tariq Khanani

    " strange thing i have noticed is that government commits no load shedding on some national events like Moharram and recent elections. And they do fulfill their commitment. But how??? arent we short of 300-400 MW…"

    all the days you mentioned above are public holidays and most of the industry is also closed on those days so the govt has excess power.


  18. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    @FAHMED

    "all the days you mentioned above are public holidays and most of the industry is also closed on those days so the govt has excess power."

    So there should be no load shedding after 10pm in normal days also. or sundays even. but this is not the case


  19. fahmed (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    during summers the people run their AC’s after going home at night. during the last few years the numbers of AC’s have multiplied many times so the power needed to run them has increased.

    may industries have 24 hours shifts.

    plus the people of karachi are chors/thieves of the 1st degree. almost 40% lines losses????? unbelievable!!!!!

    and mind you the 38-140% figure is the foofical one, the real line lossed are close to 50%. line losses includes theft!

    one other major factor is planning. the load estimate given by people e.g when making a house is very low. after the house is made 3-4 or more AC’s are installed so the area transformers cannot handle it.

    people have to be open and give the correct estimates. imagine a few thousand extra AC’s in ur area then the load estimated at the time of planning when the load for the area was first calculated!

    it’s a two way street. KESC is not the only one to be blamed. the thing is there is no such thing as a free lunch.

    if you see a kunda, don’t just laugh and move on. do something about it. if you don’t then think of it when your power goes out the next time.

    these lacks of kundas and industiral thefts are 80% of the problem.

    do u think the private owners are idiots of increasing the power generation when they know a majority of it will be stolen anyways!


  20. fahmed (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    or we have one other option!!

    like what the people of gwadar did last summer when their power went out….. they burned downed the power plant!!

    so lets burn down the KESC Power plants!!!!

    may be they will build something better or get a power line from Iran…like they did for gwadar.:)


  21. Kabir Das (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:33 am

    Whenever I hear someone talking about our reliance on Allah in such matters it makes my cry and laugh at the same time. And then I pray O Allah save us from your ignorant followers. Ameen.


  22. Sam (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 10:38 am
  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 11:55 am

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  24. Imran (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
  25. MK (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 1:15 am

    @AlifNoon: Has it occured to you that he might have been killed by his own people becuase he had become a liability or possibly repneted his past with MQM criminals.
    As for energy buy solar generation stand alone units. they are the best choice. Or buy gas powered generators



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