Power Cut

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…

6 Comments so far

  1. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on March 6th, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

    Shame on WAPDA to go for such a vicious act. Why on earth Fed Govt allowed this? only to create more panic, I guess.

    When average Karachitie is paying his/her bill on time, why they have to suffer this? Why not KESC grab major defaulters (Sindh Police, Rangers, CDGK, Provincial Govt, to name a few) and control kundas?

  2. HITMAN (hitman) on March 6th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Actually KESC did ask the City Govt. to pay its dues or face disconnection on all CDGK offices specially the whole Civic Center. In return Mustafa Kamal threatened the KESC that what if CDGK starts charging rent & installation fee for each & every electric pole erected on CDGK Land :). He did have a point.

    I just went to & came from Garden ,from Baloch Colony commuting through Shahrah-e-Qaideen & almost all the street lights on this road were on. I bet the ones which were not working must have their bulbs fused. So much for the shortage of electricity.

  3. Teeth Maestro (kar_teeth) on March 6th, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

    what can I say, a change of govt and all hell breaks loose. Is it in line with PML-Q’s pressure on the new parties to deliver on their promises considering they left this country in utter economical chaos.

  4. khanabadosh on March 7th, 2008 @ 11:43 am

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

    The perverted Punjabi mindset might start learning some things in a
    hurry. laatoN ke bhoot baatoN se naheeN mantay.

  5. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 7th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    you don’t pay your bills on time,you get your connection disconnected.. fair enough, city govt and other major institutions that owe billions to kesc should pay their bills so that kesc can clear its dues.. if a common consumer of kesc doesn’t pay bill for 2 consecutive months then his connection is disconnected why should it be any different for kesc or city govt… city govt have enough funds to send to n support Altaf bai in london but when it comes to clearing its power bills they’re short of money..

  6. shoaib on March 8th, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    I wonder, if one day doctor and Hitman will alleage MQM for the miscarriage in their families other than the pregnancies. Be fair friends, you must show what is on the ground. KESC cannot cut the electricity of the whole city, if CDGK is not paying bill, they both are different. WAPDA has to deal with ironhand with KESC so that they can pay their bills. Government has to understand its reponsibilities and this comes in public interest and WAPDA must not cut the electricity of the City. yes its so sad that the Mushrraf Govt. has not made any investment in this sector. Lets hope for the best from the next government. The last investment was done in their govt., though on expensive terms, but yet the only investment.

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