…and there will be light.

Never before have there been such frequent power outages in winter in Karachi as there were this last season. While growing demand due to a greater population and increased business activity are major factors leading to the energy crisis in the city, another reason can be attributed to lack of long term planning by the power providers.

But things might change for the better if the words of CEO KESC, S Muhammad Amjad,  and PEPCO MD Baseer Munawwar Ahmed hold any weight. While the former claims Karachi will see no more power outages by 2012, the latter estimates that the power crisis will be over by 2010.

The presentation also brought to light the conflict between KESC and WAPDA. Amjad pointed out that the government is not allowing KESC to use the Gharo-Badin corridor windmills, because the power is to be transferred to WAPDA while Baseer maintained that KESC will have to arrange for its own power generation to meet the growing demand in Karachi. He also pointed out that there was no agreement between WAPDA and KESC for power purchase. He said that KESC cannot pay its outstanding amount, which runs into the billions of rupees.

Mr. Baseer also revealed some telling facts in his presentation at a seminar organized by ABB (Pvt) Limited.  He said that billboards in the city consume 20 MWs per day, which is sufficient to light 100 villages and that electricity theft is high in DHA, where four air conditioners are used in a house but the bill is not paid.

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21 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 5th, 2008 @ 2:05 am

    when Liaqut Jatoi was inducted as minister,he had claimed that karachi would loadshedding free by 2007..

  2. mansoor (kar_mansoor) on March 5th, 2008 @ 10:35 am

    you mean to say.. someone actually pointed out DHA???!!

    my God! people are getting balls in this country :P

  3. bluemax on March 5th, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

    "KESC will have to arrange for its own power generation to meet the growing demand in Karachi".

    KESC was planning to install a 300MW plant at West Wharf in the late 80s but didn’t after federal govt rejected the proposal. Now they are not allowing KESC to purchase power from the private wind farms. Why do they complain when Karachites shout "discrimination" !!!

  4. calyps on March 6th, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    since the new karachi metblogs, no. of comments have decreased drastically!!!

  5. balma on March 6th, 2008 @ 8:05 am

    I used to write as Alam, Reality_check, Doctor, and Eddie O’reily and what not, and still have to register those aliases. You see, I am such a lazy bum.

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  7. The entangled environment and hunger for power! | Tea Break (pingback) on March 28th, 2008 @ 6:15 am

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  8. بستنی (wasiq) on October 28th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    balma jee its been over two and a half year now…when are you going to….? lol

  9. balma on October 29th, 2010 @ 2:12 am

    Fasiq, you need to get married. You have too much time on your hand:-)

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on October 29th, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Okay !

  11. Sheda Time-Pass (unregistered) on October 29th, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    sir bacholars have alot fo things in thier hands besides time..( no pun intended)….i meant surplus disposbale income.

    besides if he needs to feel light, zamzama is just right besides thec orner.

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on October 30th, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    @Sheda Time-Pass saab….sir actually balma jee is not alone in this…this is the voice of America these days…even the clinton chachi and her pakistani friends abroad hinted that we can invite “LGBT” to the halloween parties…but not you…tich tich…
    Zamzama is basically of no use to me because of the steady innovations over the years…last year I over stayed at the fibre glass bus stop opposite The Plaza on zamzama….and not a single yellow cab asked me what do you want….lol

    @balma jee….what do you think about her…isn’t she the coolest anchor on my Rs 200/- per month no starplus cable ….has a very nice voice and accent…and is a bukhari…so probably half related already…a distant cousin or something…

  13. Sheda Time-Pass (unregistered) on October 30th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    sir beware of sitting late at bus stops….what if in the cab instead of rimsha khan or kinza khan ur aliza khan….but vehsi khan or jalal khan instead.

    RUN and dont look back……kon kehta hai marad ko dard nai hota…..lol

    all this after hering and learning from balam ji’s dukhi narrative….lol

  14. بستنی (wasiq) on October 31st, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    now how fast can you run when when a 1000 cc yellow cab is chasing you….no use…and what difference does it make if he’s a he…after all he is going to take you home or neelam colony….not the do dariya…lol

    kabhi kabhi piyar main…..kabhi kabhi piyaa rr main

  15. Sheda Time-Pass (unregistered) on November 1st, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    awwwww….sir that gave you away…it means you really never experieneced such stuff.

    otherwsie you wud have known, that you can surpise yourself with the unbelievable speed you can achvie.

    i had this nirvana, when chased by a mad dog, i was able to evolve my hiden super powers, ran like FLASH..( withouth that red suit and golden undies)…….for 15 minutes or more…harldy taking time for a breath……and end of story…that dog was unabel to catch me…..although i was a racing ahtelete no doubt…but the speed i had that day…..was simply marvelous…..wish i had a dog running after me all the time..i cud have won all medlas by a mide wide margin

  16. Sheda Time-Pass (unregistered) on November 1st, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    as for taking soemwhere….i rememebered a friend of mine…who said….if i a pathan comes with agun..and say lets walk up that mountain, i amgonna butt fuck you and kill you their,…he said i wud say yahan hi ker lo sab kuch, maroon bhi aur itna chalna bhi paray ga..na baba na

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on November 16th, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    eid mubarak balma jee ab aap kay kya witch R hain….? lol


  18. Mullah Diesal (unregistered) on November 16th, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    eid mubarak tu aal of you bakraz out their getting buttfucked by qasai-e-yaan-e-karachi by charging 2500 for slasihng a throat.

    by jolly…people slit throats for 500 a piecea few years back, to cnatch a mobile or wallet….look at teh inflation

  19. بستنی (wasiq) on November 16th, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    @Mullah Diesal saab….sir with all due respect….agar yeah poor log aaisa na kartey toh aap bhi toh abhi tak “mera” 3300 ya N-70 ley kay baithey hotey…..aur ussee sey loot rahey hotey….ab kam az kam aap kay paas “mera” Iphone 4 aur blackberry toh hai….meri bhi shehr main kuch izzat hai….iss ka inflation sey kya relation according to the Keynesian theory of…lol

  20. Mullah Diesal (unregistered) on November 18th, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    sir..u don have a point…so are you saying they are the imputes to change…the very catalists that derive the economy, create jobs for smuglars and khepiyas so they can bring lassania to there poor fmaily at dinner time

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on November 18th, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    exactly sir I don’t think you can deny my point….but I don’t care…all I care is that you keep my blackberry and Iphone scratchless….or I wont buy it ..I am telling you…serious!

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