End of load shedding

These days load shedding ends when the electricity is resumed after hours of blackout. However, this dude says load shedding will end by May 15. I am really confused. Does that mean next blackout will last until May 15? That’s more than two weeks!

Oh wait, is he saying that there will be no more load shedding after May 15? Nah, can’t be. That’s impossible.

11 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm


  2. MB (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    yar kamal hai yar, tum bhi na, Jatoi ki baat sun rahay ho

    Why people forget history :

    Empty promises
    posted by umar at 11:26 AM on May 17, 2006

    SIEMENS CEO game on CNBC thrice last week (2 repetitions)

    Though all he did was present theories but frankly he sounded factual and he presented his case regarding KESC very well.

    The impression i got from his interview was as if there is a tussle between the old gov employee and the new private management.

    The end result : You and i pay the price

    I dont know Mr wajahat personally so if anyone know him personally do tell us.

    By the way he is known to be close to Short-cut Aziz

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    Load shedding or …


    Karachi is ahead of Dubai and Sydney, who are still struggling to match Karachi’s contribution to environment. Three cheers to KESC.

  4. MB (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

    correction : came** on

    yuppiee…… KESC zinda-bad

  5. ronin1770 (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    – only when the hell freezes over

  6. pyroach (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    naah, he must be talking about 15th may next year

  7. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    He was hardly factual MB — Read the following


    No bijli, we are Pakistani

    By Omar R. Quraishi

    When do you know that summer is well and truly here? When the temperature hits forty-plus Celsius? No. You know that the summer is well and truly here in Pakistan when your bijli begins to go out every day, several hours a day. Being a resident of Karachi, this is the norm for at least the past decade — and the main problem seems to be that the crisis only gets bigger every year. This implies that those who run KESC and those sitting in the federal ministry of water and power in Islamabad (which controls all of WAPDA’s various distribution and power generation companies as well as its transmission grid, and KESC too) have no vision, no sense of planning and certainly no urgency about solving the country’s acute power shortage crisis.

    In this regard, an email received a few days ago via a mailing list is worthy of being quoted verbatim. It comes from a Mr Saeed-ur- Rahman, who works with an NGO based in Kabirwala in South Punjab. Titled ‘Electric power issues in Pakistan’, it says: “The light goes for several hours many times in the day and the night. The summer season has started and will last till October. This period is a very hot time for those living in Sindh , Punjab, NWFP and Balochistan [that’s the whole country basically]. The temperature today was 44 degrees Celsius and will reach around 50 degrees by June. The consequences of these unending power breakdowns are: patients dying in hospitals (since not all have generators); business dropping in markets; voltage problems and damage to electrical appliances; reduction in industrial output; increase in costs of production; consequentially, an increase in inflation, fall in GDP and in level of exports and damage to quality of life, especially through lack of, or disturbed, sleep at night.”

    He then asks the following questions: “Why has no planning been done to avert this situation, especially since it is not exactly all that new or sudden? Didn’t WAPDA/KESC and/or the ministry of water and power foresee that by 2007 there would be a rise in demand and with supply stagnant, there could be a major power crisis? Who is to be held responsible for the lack of planning in the past? Why do electricity consumers have to pay exorbitant charges (which appear in consolidated form as ‘service charges’ on their power bills) to WAPDA/KESC when the service provided to them is generally unreliable and expensive? And, who is going to compensate the people of the country for the mental and physical torture that they undergo as a result of lengthy power breakdowns?”

    Who will answer these questions?

    As for KESC, it was handed over to private management and is operated, through a controversial agreement, by the well-known German firm Siemens. Its managing director and chief executive, Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, was interviewed on a private business channel on Tuesday. He was asked at length about his company’s agreement to operate KESC — under which KESC’s chief executive (by his own admission) has little say in the way the power utility is operated and for which Siemens is paid $9 million every year. He was told of several news reports detailing this controversial agreement and taking Siemens to task for failing to bring about any change in the way KESC was being run (and shown in the massive loadshedding and power breakdowns that the country’s commercial and business capital has to live with this summer). His response was basically that this was ‘negative propaganda’ and mostly untrue. The interviewer at least had the good sense to ask him that if that was the case, why didn’t Siemens see it fit to deny such propaganda to which the MD had no answer.

    He was also then asked about a major scandal that has rocked Siemen, Pakistan’s parent company in Germany. The MD said that this was the work of an individual and that the company had nothing to do with it. The interviewer did not press the issue any further.

    This is from Der Spiegel (May 28, 2007, issue), one of Germany’s and in fact Europe’s most reputable publications. Titled ‘Something’s Rotten in Germany, Inc.’, the article says that German authorities had taken a member of the company’s board into custody on ‘suspicious of irregular payments’. It quoted ‘German commentators’ as saying that the case showed that “corruption is systemic at one of Germany’s biggest companies”. The company is being investigated for “paying bribes around the world to secure lucrative contracts — and for paying millions to its workers’ council to ensure pliability,” Der Spiegel said.

    German business daily Handelsblatt wrote: “It has become increasingly difficult to avoid the impression that (the corruption revelations) are part of a system. Slush funds in the telecommunications division, anonymous accounts in the generator manufacturing branch, dubious payments made to workers’ council members.” Another newspaper, the well-respected S?ddeutsche Zeitung — based, like Siemens, in Munich — wrote: “The scandal has now reached such dimensions that the company management under Klaus Kleinfeld can’t ignore it anymore.”

    Back to Siemens Pakistan. Its MD was awarded the Sitara-e-Pakistan this year by the President of Pakistan. Interestingly enough, his citation read that this was in recognition for “outstanding services in growth of telecom sector”.

  8. ronin (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    ever wondered – whenever they announce that – there won’t be any Load Shedding any more – THEN LOAD SHedding Really STARTS

  9. ronin (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    ever wondered – whenever they announce that – there won’t be any Load Shedding any more – THEN LOAD SHedding Really STARTS

  10. HASSAN' (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Lets hope that we will get off the load shedding

  11. pkhan (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 5:47 am

    Half of you live in the Dream World? This problem will never resolved until we all become true MUSLIM.40% of people and businesses are stealing ELECTRICITY EVERY DAY? These Line man and there officers are Making money by not Disconnecting the power to ILLEGAL CONNECTIONs. How any company who has taken over the KESC can survive where they DO NOT have right to Fire the employee who is STEALING? Union will come out on the road and will create more problems for the city.

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