Two meters
So, why this house has two electricity meters?

Err… maybe because they have two phases.

So do they get two electricity bills?

Yes, maybe.

What’s the point?

I don’t know!

And that’s how our conversation ended. But I kept wondering, what’s the point of having two electricity meters in one home?

26 Comments so far

  1. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    May be because there are two portions in the house? Who cares?

    What has this got to do with Karachi per se?

  2. JAY (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    This happens where we have joint family system or the owner likes to stay at one floor and renting out the other one.So all of them get seperate electricity bills and there is no larai jhagra between them that who is using more electricity and who not.
    BTW, this post is not worth sending here for comments.Their is nothing much about it except if you are trying to initiate a wrangle against KESC.

  3. Original-Faisal (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    I’m truly sorry to say but the first thought that came to mind after reading this was that there must be a dearth of events, happenings, etc. in Karachi these days.

  4. HA (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    We have two meters and its because the house is rented.

  5. Captain's Log (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    Umar, you did not learn any thing from Unaiza’s post of yesterday. Now I know how you two are match made in heaven. Please do not think too much and make sure you water your plants.

  6. faisal (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    Captain ROTFL

  7. Kumail (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:03 pm

    Goodness gracious, what is happening to the quality of this blog. The contributors of this blog should just do a simple comparison to the posts that were on here a few months ago versus the crap we are being exposed to these days.
    Umar, Unaiza, Sufi etc maybe great people but honestly aside from CY, I have never seen a post of a reasonable quality come from you. Its whimsical to most extent. Even the “Where in Karachi” gig has gone down to showing random cows in the middle of the street. For the love of God think twice before you post here.
    I think it was Sufi who commented on Unaiza’s recently popular post, that we should ignore crap on this blog like we ignore ugly hoarding on SF. Well my good friends, no body ignores them, they talk about it they raise hell in their little ways. On this very blog, there have been several posts about aesthetically outrageous billboards proving the point that they are not ignored.
    The readers of the blogs generally come here to talk about something interesting happening in karachi, or to talk about a matter of concern for the city. That is also the idea behind having a metroblog. If you do not understand why a house has to electricity meters, send the god dam pictures to your friends, ask your father refer to a professor but do not pollute the metroblog with your ignorance.
    I say we are the readers of this blog and we have the right to protest about irrelavant material. If you cant handle it then let someone else take care of it, but dont ruin the quality of this blog.

  8. AA (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    One placibo meter for the thieves to steal. The other to steal electricity.

  9. sarah (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

    What is the Point of Posting such a Ridiculous POSt !!!!!:D

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    come on guys chill! u folks should start suggesting stories/events using this link

    as for 2 meters issue, will i have 3 meter at my residence 1 meter each for ground floor and first floor and 3rd for the water pump/motor and boundry wall line… there is nothing wrong or illegal in having more then one meter, u just pay the required fee and kesc contractors install it for you

  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    boundary wall *lights*

  12. zahra (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    captain’s log: LOL!!!

    Kumail: you put it really well as did Faisal, but honestly i usually like Umar’s posts, they tend to be well informed and well written. but this time OMG, esp. after unaiza’s disastrous posts of the past couple of days…i’m wondering if he did it on purpose cos this post is just pathetically pointless…sorry to say….

  13. mansoor (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    we had one main meter for the house, and two seperate meters for the servant quarters so that we could keep tabs on just how much electricty there were using. The day we installed those meters, our bill came down from 8k a month to about 4k and kinda stayed there.

  14. Navead (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    2 meters r required by law in karachi city. Tht way KESC guys have more choice and they also take interest in their jobs. Every meter reading is a new challenge fr them. And then when they rise up to their challenge,their productivity increases, and hence helps in increasing the GDP of Pakistan. Its very beneficial in the long run, so guys lets stick to it. But for the above process to work, the first thing needed is electricity itself. enjoy

  15. Tariq (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    I think two meters lead to a lower bill.
    my guess is that you get charged a higher rate per KWh if you use more electricity.
    So a house that uses 1500 kwh can reduce the bill to two 750 kwh bills which get charged less per kwh

  16. mark (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 5:11 am

    Umar you are doing a great job and I think Unaiza is too, critisicm is a ood thing but the definition if a blog is to talk about what catches your eye. You and blogger Unaiza have a very journalistic approach to your posts and I must say I’m a fan of your posts, thats why I check your posts sitting 15000 miles away, keep doing it and post

  17. Adnan (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 7:06 am

    atleast better than those illegal connection.. known as “KUNDA” .. atleast this person is paying to KESC

  18. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 7:22 am

    I am afraid I am the only one with one meter here. Feeling so lonely. :)

  19. umar (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    this is ridiculous. kmb is not a newspaper or a magazine that you pay 150 bucks to read. neither do we authors get paid to write on it. the way you demand “quality” it seems as if it costs you to read every word on this blog. most authors on this blog are students or professionals having a busy life. none of us are journalists or reporters who are always on a hunt for stories or topics. none of us hold a degree in english language. we blog about stuff that we come across in everyday life and find it interesting. nothing more. nothing less. quality is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. we admit it. but you guys attack on every post like a pack of hungry wolves. if a post fails to entertain you how hard it is for you to ignore it. you don’t really have to bother clicking on the comments everytime and wasting your precious time and energy typing out your ever-so-appreciating comment that this post is irrelevant or low quality or contains spelling and grammar mistakes. just move on. shut down your browser, or go to or something. check out the blog tomorrow, maybe there will be better posts. if you have nothing but negative criticism for every post then its better that we dont get any comments. just ignore the posts that don’t come up to your “standards”, just like we ignore irrelevant comments.

    guys, this is a blog, not shakespere. keep your expectations low.

  20. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    Umar look at the IMB. Those guys are in a similar situation as yours, they just put some thought and a little bit of effort in it. If there isn’t a valid point to post, we can wait a couple of days. Take your time until you have something interesting. And please no racial slurs, no excuse for that.

  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    i totally agree with @umar’s comments… you don’t like anything just move on… don’t make a fuss about it… on the other hand if you want some interesting topic covered like an event/news just use the “suggest a story” link

  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    aboveall just start you own blog if you don’t like others posts…

  23. turab (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    is this disease contagious in any way??
    posting irrelevant things here ……. sheeesh

  24. zahra (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

    UMAR, i have so much respect for you and always enjoy your posts…and i agree with what you’ve said above, for the most part. we’re not customers here and i shouldnt always take issue with quality or language, but what i found really offensive this time round was the singling out of a particular racial/political group, intentionally or not- makes no difference…

    its just wrong esp. on a METblog for a city with a history steeped in ethnic and sectarian violence and strife. This ain’t your personal blog, captain…

    (doctor: you’ve made the same suggestion a zillion times on 3 different threads….we GET it, we’re not downs babies….)

  25. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    Doctor, its not lack of stories but selecting one of the good one with an appropriate angle.

  26. Junaid (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    There is a dilema in our country, The more u use, they less u r facilitated. therefore if u hav much load on a single meter, it will cost u a lot. if u have several meter, the load it distributed resulting in a much lower bills. I have 3 meters in my house ;)

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