The proposed new head honchos/owners of the KESC, the much maligned and intermittent electric supply company of Karachi have expressed a desire to raise the electricity tariff per unit by Rs 3 if they are to take over. We must remember here that KESC after removal of the government subsidies just imposed a 16% GST plus an additional 10% levy of income tax if the Bill exceeded 20,000 Rs.
To top off this act NEPRA has also already raised the electric tariff to where it stands now by 15% from July 1st. These new owners belong to a Dubai based group and will if things work out be taking charge officially in the end of November this year. To put it simply if your house consumes 1000 units your bill will escalate by about 30-45% more than what it is right now.
As if the populace of this city is not already back broken from the exorbitant increase in prices of its daily edibles and what not, we may have to suffer further humility at the hands of the KESC “if” this new ownership takes over. Interestingly enough on an average basis starting from March onwards till October Karchites go through 4-5 hrs of non electricity in spite of paying their bills.
I wonder if the proposed ownership plans to also do something about the numerous “Free” users of KESC in this city as well or perhaps the entire communities of people living on koondas, at the behest of honest consumers who may have to suffer almost ridiculous bills due to this proposed new increase!!
I wish i knew why our government never does anything to give us some relief. Oh right i keep forgetting that is not why people join politics in Pakistan.
Alas my fellow Karachites I think the time of charags may come before bicycles here.