Gassed out

In the last three months, the residents of our fine city have been fleeced by SSGC due to inflated bills. Reports of these inflated bills first started appearing in February and have now escalated to a full out uproar as many consumers in Defence, P.E.C.H.S and Gulshan – E – Iqbal Town have received bills upto 3 times the amount of their average billing.

Several residents including me have visited the lavish offices of the SSGC, only to be met with stone walling and various flimsy excuses. I was just reading yesterday in Dawn how a person was told by the complaint officer present that thousands of faulty “new” gas meters had been installed at residences across Karachi and the company was merely recovering its lost charges accrued over last year.

It is a fact that people who have switched to gas via kits on their petrol generators are now incurring equal to sometimes more cost of the power generated previously by petrol. Seems like there is no end for the woes of Karachiates as each passing season increases the load on their weary backs. Perhaps the SSGC is following PTCL in making a quick buck a la the Pakistan package. I really wonder which residences these faulty gas meters have been installed at? Perhaps we can dream that an audit will be carried out? We need consumer courts in this city and fast!! To stop these malpractices being suffered by all of us!!

4 Comments so far

  1. zeeshan on March 31st, 2008 @ 2:52 am

    I have been a victim of this issue. Last month I was charged 3500 and my generator ran on petrol!

  2. Rashid (habibian) on March 31st, 2008 @ 4:36 am

    Can we do a same post as last year (searched on google) about UPS and Generator. Also if there are any reputable retaialers with website.

    I am planning to go to Karachi in Summer and would like to ‘update’ our house before taking the kids home.

  3. mqpasta on March 31st, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

    Her koi apni badmashi chalaye ja raha he .. isko roke kese? kabh tak aisa hota rahe ga?

  4. Shamsi (shamsi) on March 31st, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    since Nov. 2007 The GAS prices have been revised 3 times. ( I believe it is 4 times ) –

    Check your bill for units consumed, for past 12 months, and review if any appliances are added in the house.

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