Strike called for today against power tariff hike

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  1. mastqalandar on October 24th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    ohhh, looks like MQM would now have to kill the traders and the shopowners to prevent them from going to strike….

  2. mastqalandar on October 24th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    ohhh and I fogot to mention Jiyalas too, associates of bhi log.

  3. khaled on October 25th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    strike call by people who don’t have vote bank nor have mass support in karachi turned out to be a flop show.
    This strike again shows that Karachi belongs to MQM.

    KARACHI: Lukewarm response to JI strike call over tariff hike

    By Our Reporter

    KARACHI, Oct 24: Businessmen, industrialists, traders and shopkeepers in Karachi gave a lukewarm response to the Jamaat-i-Islami’s shutterdown call for Friday as only a few markets were closed, although the call was supported by JUI, PML-N, Tehrik-i-Insaf and Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party.

    Many of the closed markets included those which usually remain closed on Fridays instead of Sundays. Public transport in the city was thin and passengers were seen travelling on the rooftops of some vehicles in certain areas. Attendance in offices appeared normal. The JI had given the strike call against massive increase in power tariff and enhanced load-shedding.

    Another strike

    The All Pakistan Organization of Small Traders and Cottage Industries has warned that it will give a call for a wheel-jam strike for October 30 if the government does not take effective steps to end load-shedding.

    President the organization’s Karachi chapter Mahmood Hamid said that deferring payment of bills was no solution to the problem. Instead, the government should issue the notification cancelling the 70 per cent tariff hike, he added.

    He said Friday’s strike was successful and effective as all markets falling in the areas of M. A. Jinnah Road, Marriot Road, Jodia Bazaar, Chemical Bazaar, Khori Garden, Tariq Road, Bahadurabad, etc remained closed. Bullion market was also closed and gold rates could not be issued, he said.

    Confusion prevails

    Meanwhile, representatives of trade and industry organizations on Friday agreed to pay 60 per cent of the current month’s electricity bill pending a final decision to be taken by the sub-committee formed at the federal level about the controversial hike in power tariff.

    The decision, applicable to all power consumers, came a day after the federal government put on hold payment of power bills for the month issued by the KESC other Discos.

    The reported decision has once again created doubts about the fate of the relief announced by the federal government on Monday to lifeline KESC consumers. The government had reduced the power tariff hike from 70 per cent to 5.5 per cent for the consumers using up to 100 units a month. Such consumers constitute about 15 per cent of the total power consumers.

    When asked whether the Friday decision superseded Monday’s relief offer, a KESC spokesman said he was not aware because he had nothing in black and white as yet.

    Loadshedding persists

    Power consumers in the city continued to suffer as the KESC failed to meet the demand even during the night when many areas of the metropolis remained without electricity for more than four hours.

    The worst-affected areas included New Karachi, North Karachi, Shadman Town, Liaqautabad, Nazimabad, Shah Faisal, Landhi, Korangi, Lyari, Keamari, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Federal B Area and Gulshan-i-Maymar.

    According to sources, the Bin Qasim plant was generating 560 MW, much below its normal output. Capacity of IPPs was also not being fully utilized.

    Due date extended

    The KESC chief executive officer, Naveed Ismail, said in response to a question that the due date for the payment of the bills payable in October had already been extended by 10 days. He advised people to wait for the outcome of the negotiations being held in Islamabad.

    When asked to comment on Friday’s strike, a spokesman for the KESC, Qashif Effendi, said: “The KESC management is aware of the plight of consumers and regrets the inconveniences that the loadshedding is causing. All efforts are being made to rectify the situation, but there are no short cuts.

    He maintained that the generation, transmission and distribution system of KESC was old and unreliable, and said: “We need the support and patience on the part of consumers to improve it.”

  4. zeeshan on October 25th, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

    Lol – there was a strike yesterday!? No seriously! If there was a strike, where the heck was it?

  5. khaksar on October 27th, 2008 @ 7:48 am

    Strike against power tarrif.
    I have some questions in my mind.
    Since the past decade or so why did not the Gov’t of Sindh build power generating plants and sea water cleaners like the Defence Authority did and is now building more. Another question is, from where did the money, Ruppies come from to do so many constructions in Karachi, was the money generated by a loan, if it was then there is no happiness in something which was made with loans untill the loans are paid back and the impact of it is good. I don’t think taking loans, KARZ and building things in Karachi is something to be happy about.

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