an open letter to KESC

Dear KESC,

Don’t you realize that we have entered the 21st century 5 years ago?

Don’t you realize that electricity is no longer considered a luxury?

Do you know that by providing a service that basically sucks, you are making more enemies, than friends? Maybe you are unaware that at this time more than half of karachi is awake and cursing at you because you fail to provide them the very service for which you exist. The service that they pay you to provide. The service for which you bill them. And, the service which is taken for granted everywhere else in the world. This is the time of the night when people have the best sleep. This is the time after which they start getting up and prepare for their daily activities. Had you been efficient in your job, people could have been more productive at work today. But now, I won’t be able to do anything at work because I have been awake and sweating all night, in dark, and in scorching heat, hoping that maybe next minute I will have electricity back and I would be able to sleep a little. But it’s 5 am and I have spent all night like that, and I just can’t go to sleep. And you are responsible for that, KESC! You are responsible for a wasted day at work for entire Karachi. You deserved to be sued and panaltied one day’s worth of salary by everyone who suffered because of your ill planning and mismanagement.

Dear KESC, if you have a slightest bit of shame left in you, then after reading this you will work seriously on improving your service and making sure no one in Karachi is left in dark ever again. But I won’t be holding my breath for this to happen.

Much Love,

8 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 10:41 am

    KESC stands for Karachi Electricty Sucker Company

    Lets go for the sun power.

  2. Shariq Mustaquim (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 7:12 pm

    Umar can I translate this letter for use in my website ( … This letter very much my type :D

  3. umar (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 7:34 pm

    shariq, sure you can… as long as you cite the original source.

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 24th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm

    Umar I dont mean to be a spoil sport, but before I start I completely second your letter to the word, honestly do you expect them to read your letter and shape up? heck KESC is in such a bad state of affairs that it requires some magical “enlightened moderation” to shape this department.

    They blame kundas, faulty lines etc but the problem is much deeper into the actual organization. Privatisation is one way out but that would in turn mean higher rates.

    I have heard a few times that if as a consumer you choose to run your business entirely on generator KESC can impose some fees/charges? If so then what stupidity….

  5. Faraz (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 3:45 am


    The simplest and quickest solution I can think of for your problem is for you to “store electricity” when its available and use it when you need it.

    One very popular way to do that is by using a power invertor circuit with old truck battery. You can charge your battery when electricity is available and use it to get some sleep at night when you need it :)

    Good luck!

  6. umar (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

    guys, i wrote this out of frustration. i know this is not going to have any effect on anyone and things will stay the same. i felt like writing this at that time and so i did. and i am sure most people feel the same way when there is no power for hours and hours. the point was to express myself. whether or not it affects anything is a different issue.

  7. Zaheer (unregistered) on May 26th, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

    Dear Umar and everybody else,

    The energy I see in you people far exceeds any provided by KESC, it is ok to be frustrated but it may not be ok to give up- especially not when you have this tremendous amount of ENERGY in store. Let me tell you this, KESC or whoever is responsible for this are in direct violation of HUMAN RIGHTS i am not kidding man, this IS torture.. for students, for children, for the elderly, the sick, the person who has to do work tomorrow either at home or at work. What have we done to deserve this? I do not think KESC can do anything about it. Look at their projections at

    The energy deficit for year 2005 is somewhere around 1700 MW for next year it is around 2000 after that 2380 and so on till 2010 where it is 3900 and in 2016 it is 6600 MAN what the… the situation will be getting worse and worse and WORSE. So what do we do, just type in a few words now and then at a forum or a blog? No we must do more, Let us start a volunteer org that will collect data and info on how they do it in developed countries, I am here in Philadelphia I can collect all info from here, The point is we must find a PRACTICAL, DOABLE, SENSIBLE, solution to this problem, we can not waste our life just sitting in the darkness and hot and humid weather, IF people elsewhere can do it why cant we, why can not PAKISTAN have a decent electric supply (and maybe even make profit on it). MY request to anyone reading this is plz take action, it is not something big , you can do it, so just do it.. you can contact me at

  8. KO (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 7:38 pm

    I have heard a few times that if as a consumer you choose to run your business entirely on generator KESC can impose some fees/charges? If so then what stupidity….

    Its always has been so – you have to PAY Kesc for the electricity you generate. How they can justify this, considering they don’t and can’t supply Karachi’s industry is beyond me. Hell, for industrial use, KESC even makes you pay for the lines, pole, transformer, the whole works… (and this isn’t even mentioning the bribes).

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