Headed To The Stone Age, Are We ?

11june08_kmb.jpg I had no sleep the night day before yesterday as KESC kept flipping the electric supply on and off all night long, yesterday KESC was a bit merciful as the total duration of the load shedding did not exceed the six hour mark but today we experienced a three hour long power outage in the morning then an hour long in the evening and a five hour long load shedding from 10:30 pm to 3:30 am bring the total to an exact nine hours of load shedding. The long hours of load shedding has slowed down everyone’s progress, it has an impact on peoples output, small industries are facing hardships and students have turned to the oil lamps to study for their exams. 

Around ten days back when we had moved our clocks an hour ahead we thought, for all the confusion the Day light Saving Time may cause at least there will be a relief in the hours of load shedding but it turned out that the shortage of electricity we are facing today was far beyond anyone’s expectations and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this time around next year we get no more then four hours of electricity for the whole 24 hours in a day. 

We have food crises, people are waiting for several hours under the baking sun in queues for a single sac of flour, rice is beyond a poor man’s reach, so is flour. Inflation is hitting the common man hard while there wages remain almost the same, people don’t have money to feed them selves let alone educate their children. Can a nation prosper in such circumstances? I am afraid not and if our policy makers don’t realize the seriousness of the situation soon and proper steps are not taken to control it and if these downward trends continue in the same fashion I am afraid our coming generations will be carving tools out of stones and will be living in caves. 

5 Comments so far

  1. sufi on June 11th, 2008 @ 8:17 am

    The situation is extremely alarming. There is no electricity and whatever there is, is being poorly managed. The problem is just not the kundaa khorrs. Most people who are willing to pay are being deprived of it. Everything revolves around power and communication. When there is no power, there is no communication, everything collapses. It is a rather sad situation. What needs to be fixed? Everything?
    It absolutely affects everyones abilities. It will only make the situation worst. I don’t even know if we have a solution to this. Self-sustenance? Private power production on large scale possibly by each apartment complex or each gali? That would certainly hike up the already inflated electricity bills. Maybe we need to change our habits. Fewer ligths, power savers, no air conditioning etc. The effect this has on industry will be catastrophic.
    As for the food crises, I won’t say I didn’t see it coming. After the liberal free trade agreements with neighboring countries, the trade of imported vegetables [imported everything] had been really rampant and no subsidies were ever given to the local producer. Mismanagement of water, lack of conversation of water in the country has resulted in Sindh almost barren. Rivers have dried up. Food prices have increased globally but not with such exponential rates as they have in our country. Many made billions, food first exported then reimported. Initially it was the dry fruits, which went out of range of the common man. Later came the fruits, meat and now the most basic and once considered the food of the common man daal chawal is even out of range.

    Results, more crimes. More people joining the crime circle. More organized crime. Less exports [to the point of extinction]. Increase in dissatisfaction of the populace. More suicides..

    Is there anything we can do besides eating less and consuming little power to help the future generations of this country?


  2. Neoka (kar_kurt) on June 11th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    invest in renewable energy!! the world needs to go towards it anyway! why not start now???

    – place a black water tank on your roof, the heat will warm up the water, so you no longer need the use of gas from the gizar
    – solar paneled street lights are going in around the city, get some attached to your home, the price is still a little steep, but you’ll get a return on investment in less than 3 years. (anyone know where solar panels can be purchased?)
    – indoor plants help recycle fresh air, and can actually help keep your house a bit cooler.
    – natural watertank cooling systems (maybe practical in some applications
    – get a charpai and sleep on the roof. the nights are beautiful :)

    im sure there are hundreds more things you can do to improve the situation in your home, be creative and resourceful!


  3. Faisal.K (faisalk) on June 11th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    we can always pray for rain as well. Rain will lower the temp, reduce the load and let the system over burdened over loaded as it is breathe.


  4. IUnknown (iunknown) on June 11th, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    the shops are now opened till 12:00 am at nite. Wat can u expect then?


  5. Ali (retroguy02) on June 12th, 2008 @ 4:30 am

    If things continue the way they do, will won’t be going back to the stone age, because at least back in the stone age people lived in peace and didn’t find the need for ostentatious luxury. I really do hope that things change for the better, otherwise we might be heading towards a next-level chaotic generation who are suffering because of the idiocies of their past generations (and I mean ALMOST everyone in our society here)



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