Citywide Power Outage

The city is without power. AP is reporting the issue which, according to the KESC officials, is unprecedented:

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – A massive power outage struckPakistan’s commercial hub of Karachi early Thursday,leaving the entire city of more than 15 million withoutelectricity, an official said.

Supplies from the state-run Water and Power DevelopmentAuthority were suddenly cut, prompting the city’s entiredistribution network to shut down, said Sultan Hassan, aspokesman for the Karachi Electric Supply Corp.

“The power supply has come to zero. That isunprecedented,” Hassan said. “We are trying to find outwhy the power supply from WAPDA was discontinued.”

A spate of power cuts and shortages also of natural gasand wheat flour angered voters in the run-up to Feb. 18elections, when supporters of President Pervez Musharrafwere routed.

3 Comments so far

  1. dnaeem on March 6th, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

    I understand that power outage in Karachi was due to non payment of bills to WAPDA. However the question is, was this the right action by WAPDA?. Not only it caused grief to ordinary citizens, which pay their bills regularly, but also resulted in huge business losses. Isn’t the right way is to goto court?. I believe in civilized countries people or organizations can resolve their problems via judiciary, however it appears that in our country the "gunda gardi" culture has creeped into organizations as well and now millions of innocent people can be held at ransom. Good show WAPDA!

  2. mqpasta on March 6th, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

    But I am afraid about future…. increases prices, long long load-sheddings and even then high bills … WHY? WHY KARACHI?

  3. khanabadosh on March 7th, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    It is not a bad idea to cut power supply to force the administration
    in Karachi to conserve. KESC should permanently cut power to ports and customs and to railway stations, so imports/exports and transporation of
    goods to the rest of the country is blocked.

    The perverted Punjabi mindset might start some learning things in a

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