Recent loadshedding, the truth comes out

Finally someone speaks the truth and it took the people of this city to make them come out with it.  As an angry mob took to the streets of Karachi on Thursday officials of the KESC admitted that they had purposely lowered the production capacity of the Bin Qasim power plant to save them from buying furnace oil.

The direct result of this action saw a period of 10-12 hr load shedding per day for Karachites over the last week or so. According to sources, this emerged during a briefing to Speaker of the Sindh Assembly Nisar Khuhro, Pakistan People’s Party leader Taj Haider and Sindh Minister for Industries Rauf Siddiqui, who joined them later.

The speaker later told the public that KESC officials also confessed to having prior knowledge of the incoming gas cuts due to maintainence and did absolutely nothing to safeguard their supplies of gas or stock up for this period.

I hope the government has some kind of a plan to rectify this purposely created shortage of electricity soon or the people sitting out fanning themselves on the roads will head to their offices to demand answers themselves.

3 Comments so far

  1. barristerakc on August 31st, 2008 @ 5:14 am

    You are correct Faisal and you rightly pointed out the mendacity and disinformation of KESC; good writing.

    Mustafa Kamal our beloved mayor / nazim has been actively lobbying for change in KESC administration and has actually started to pressurize the KESC more and more; which is a good step.

    What’s the solution?

    Building more and more nuclear power plants; this was done by UK & Spain in 90’s and apparently that(s) why they are producing cheap electricity then most of the third-world countries now. Coal-based power generation is another investment which the Sindh government is working on.

    On the KESC front; I have friends working for Siemens and other contractors working for KESC and they have a unanimous opinion that KESC lacks professional administration; basic structure and back-up support.


  2. bozz on August 31st, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

    Great now we know, what we knew already. So what happens now? Blow me away with the solutions that will surely follow this supreme revelation. Excuse me while I continue to slumber.


  3. tzaidi on August 31st, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

    This is mismanagement by KESC, as we all know. But i think its more of a finance problem then an admin one. If KESC do not pay off the existing oil bill how you expect the suppliers to keep continuing the supply of fuel. Its simple maths, if you dont pay the shopkeeper he will stop delivering the grocery to your home!!!

    The solution could be a stringent collection regime, it should be sub-contracted to banks (who got the network / infrastructure) or debt collection agencies (bhai loog) on commission basis. Unless KESC bank gets full to a desired level, we will stay in dark, literaly.



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