It seems that the KESC has lost its capacity to provide electricity after WAPDA cut off power supply to KESC. It is reported that all feeders and grid stations in Karachi tripped sequentially after the WAPDA supply was cut. WAPDA was supplying about 225-250MW of power despite an agreed 300MW. This amount is roughly 20% of the city’s needs.
At present, KESC owes over 35 billion to WAPDA. The outstanding debt is pre-privatization, and from from the looks of it, the government sold KESC and expected it to just cough up a massive amount of money and settle the dues.
The power supply was cut with the approval of the Federal Government.
Last time I checked, Karachi was the economical capital of the country and home to over 10% of the country’s population.
Also in related power reports, the Private Power Infrastructure Board has disallowed KESC from purchasing power directly from wind farms that are being planned along the coastal belt.
What is going on here?? Would the real government please stand up??
Update at 11.20: Power has started returning in some areas…..hopefully things will be back to normal soon…