Power Theft

A week ago, at around 10.30 pm, I was driving in the inner lanes of Gulshan-e-Iqbal with my family to buy some essentials for the next morning. Just six houses from my home on the opposite lane, this newly renovated house had a couple of guys standing in front of their electricity meter. One of them was on his knees, down enough to get properly in front of the meter and the other one stood as if lending moral and physical support to the ‘master at work.’

I was shocked. Not because I have never seen electricity theft before in my life. And not because I do not know that it is common. But ever since the electricity meters got installed outside the boundaries of the houses in Karachi, the ‘moral and physical barrier’ to carry out the theft has been increased. For a second I went still. What I can I do right now at the sight of this ugly business going on right outside on the street. Nothing much, came the reply from my calmer part of the head. But may be I can still do something against this activity. For the next 15 seconds, I turned up the headlights of my car to full beam and focused the couple that were comfortable in the otherwise dark alley. It took them 5 seconds to note that they are ‘in the lime light’. The next 10 seconds were hard on them visibly. I wanted to send a few verbal shots at them too resisted that temptation. I moved on, leaving behind a happy-to-be-in-dark-again, educated middle-class power thief.

Next morning, I noted down the house number. With the new ‘regional’ set up of KESC, their offices have come close to their customers. But I don’t know if they have a process whereby we can report electricity thefts taking place in the neighborhood. And even more unknown is how effective would such a reporting be.

That night, when the power went out as is the routine, I felt a different kind of pain. Sure, we have bad planning and even more sure, we have a lot of homework not done in time by the Government and KESC. But we as a society have a lot to do in the making of this pain we are all crying about.

Let us save some energy. Let us resolve not to steal. Because not all of us can have access to the UPSs and other alternatives. And if you know how can I report the theft I described above, please share with all of us here.

12 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    i saw some thing similar other day as well.. reported it to KESC customer service.. they went to that house.. fined them 300 Rs and left.. now that person is again commiting the same crime… atleast with electric meters outside the boundary wall its easier for neighbours to figure out who is involved in theft.. but KESC isn’t interested in taking stern action… according to them flat rate for kunda is 300/day.. all those catering companies which arrange lighting at functions and parties do pay the Rs300 for kunda…

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    why don’t govt remove duties on energy saver bulbs.. instead of subsidizing these things by facilitating public to adopt them its creating hurdles for public ,higher price of these energy saver is major factor for consumers not adopting it..

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    300 rupess fine!!!!!!! That is absolutely pathetic.

    It should more to the tune of 30,000 rupees, so as to deter such theives.

  4. ronin (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    hahahahaa – Rs 300 – dude – what the hell?

    speechless – Only in Pakistan

  5. Raza (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    Who are ya kidding Arsalan?! KESC officials would rather take a bribe that goes directly into their pockets then report it to the authorities above.

  6. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    Morons! The whole city loaths in utter darkness that lingers inside most of the KESC employees!

  7. Saad Ibrahim Lakhany (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 1:08 am

    300 Rupees? i think you are not aware of kesc i have heard stories of fines more than 1 lakh rupees

  8. Asif Raza (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    Yeh right , as if the KESC Employees are honest as angels,for your information they themself take bribes and make the meter run according to your budget! how cool na!!!

  9. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    y should people pay the KESC inflated bills when the service is so lousy!!??

    just a thought!

  10. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    around 5 years back when we moved into our new house in ph-6 I remember that out elect. bill during mid winter used to be between 12 – 16 thousand when no A/C and hardly a fan was being used.

    i am an engineer and while in pak i used to work for a multinational dealing with KESC. I was visiting very senior KESC engineer and there was some poor man running from pillar to post and almost crying infront of him about inflated bill he got and the engineer promiced to do something about it.

    afterwards when the complainant had left he told me a that they get orders from abov to increase revinue so they routinely inflate a ceratin percentage of elect. bills every month. according to him more then 50% of the people don’t even bother to compalin and the others who do usually get some relief. in this way he told me that they increase their revinue!\

    this is first hand account i heard from a very senior KESC engineer who was in the KESC management!!

  11. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    Nowadays it is in every area of Karachi that electricity meters are slowed down or reversed with the help of the KESC, Thief Staff.

    Electricity meters of KESC staff are never checked, yes, if they are checked, they are only checked to be slowed or reversed.

    The KESC staff never get penalised, why should they be? Maybe the KESC staff gets free electricity by law or otherwise.

  12. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    i think the KESC/WAPDA staff do get a certain amount of free electricity!

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.