Power Shortage or Power Theft !

KMB01The city of lights is short of electricity, and the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) has been cutting off power every two hour or so for an hour. Even at night, before and at the time of Sehree or and Iftaar.

What so ever the reasons of this shortage of electricity may be stated by the authorities, one thing is for sure, the countless Kundas, Illegal electrical connections results in a huge power loss and those of us who pay the bills fair and square suffer and pay the cost of the theft.

These pictures of main Tariq Road, clearly show wiring bypassing the meters, these connections hooked in the main power lines are not only a clear evidence of power theft but also pose a danger of electrocution and short circuit which can further result in a fire.

I wonder why there illegal connections are not taken care of by the authorities.

15 Comments so far

  1. Owais Mughal (unregistered) on September 8th, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    In Karachi while the system is indeed antiquated, power theft is the most serious problem. I’ve read at times that T&D (Transmission and Distribution) losses of KESC are upto 60% which is highest in whole of Pakistan. This means even though KESC’s generation is 1800 MW, only 600MW of it are accounted for. Rest of the electricity is either stolen or lost due to inefficiency of the system.

    I’ll be happy if someone can correct me on 60% losses number but I am quite sure that this is the nmber that I read in a report on KESC.


  2. Adnan (unregistered) on September 8th, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    actually direct connection key paisay direct authorities ki jaib mein jatey hain na, so why take action against their own pocket :p….. what i suggest is, KESC needs new bread… and restructing of organization….!!


  3. Tuttay Garam (unregistered) on September 9th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

    جماش تم سالہ چوتیا تم کو صرف طارق روڈ پر کنڈا نظر آیا ہے اپنے گھر کا ادھر ادھر کنڈا لگا نظر نہیں آیا. اپنا گھر والا جگہ سے اتنا دور آیا ہے فوٹو لینا خدا کسم چوتیا کی سر پر سینگ ہوتا تو تم سالہ بارہ سینگھا ہوتا


  4. analyze on September 9th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

    There is no shortage per se, KESC is saving costs by using less furnace oil in its plants, and as the monthly kesc bills remain unchanged no matter how much loadshedding takes place, this is a way of extra income for the company. That’s what comes from privatising a utility. WTG Mushy!


  5. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on September 9th, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

    KESC has been shouting about all the kundas across much of Karachi. The fact that politicians, schools, colleges, Bata, you and me, and all the MQM wallas, and the Jamat-e-Islami wallas, and Piplays (PPP wallas) are involved in the communal theft of electricity doesn’t bother the good President of Pakistan, who was last seen 2000 years ago among civilians. It also does not bother CJ, who was brought by public as the chief of our battered and bruised courts. It bothers no one that electricity is being stolen by all and sundry.


  6. Abdulaziz Albloushi (unregistered) on September 9th, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

    Dear Jamash,
    Thankyou for writing on one of the major issues of karachi. The problem is that the KESC officials don’t want to do anything about this KUNDA issue. I remember that before 1-1.5 years I called KESC to lodge a complaint against my neighbour who was using window type A/Cs for free. The KESC official said to me “TO YAR AP KO KIA MASLA HAI … AP BI KUNDA LAGA LO”… and I swear he said that.

    May Allah bless us all..


  7. balma on September 10th, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    yahan saalaa jaali doctor mar gayaa hae?…hum ko censor kartaa hae, aur yahaan gunday alfaaz chal rahay hai’n tou so rahaa hae.
    oyae, khabees, ab censor kar.


  8. بستنی (wasiq) on September 11th, 2009 @ 12:10 am

    @balma jee….sir aap kuch bhi kaho…hazrat ki baat main wazan hai…aur bara singhay ka toh jawab nahein…..bahut ala….


  9. balma on September 11th, 2009 @ 12:33 am

    Fasiq, please write proper Urdu or stick to English!


  10. بستنی (wasiq) on September 11th, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    @balma jee….what happened sir….abhi tak eid shopping chal rahi hai kya….? itni bar humi…


  11. Tuttay Garam (unregistered) on September 11th, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    بالما تم جلتے کیوں ہو یا ڈرتے ہو اسس بلوگ کے چوتیا حکمرانو سی یہ سلے زرداری سے کی طرھ گلی کے کتے زیادہ شیر نہیں ہیں


  12. MB (unregistered) on September 11th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

    Why PAK final match had no POWER issues ?
    Think behind the apparent :)


  13. isheikh on September 11th, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

    Power theft wiring can be easily seen in the area opposite mazar e quaid…its called lines area i guess :D

    http://www.my-karachi.com


  14. Power Shortage or Power Theft ! | Tea Break (pingback) on September 13th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    […] Shortage or Power Theft ! September 13th, 2009 // Over at Karachi Metroblog, Jamash writes about the blatant theft of electricity in urban Karachi. Of course, this is not just Karachi but happens […]


  15. BizCore-i Accounting Software SMEs Pakistan (unregistered) on September 19th, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    haahha its like a jungle



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