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KARACHI: Haroon House, the main office of the Dawn Media Group, has been without power since 3pm on Tuesday and running on generators ever since.

According to a senior official in Dawn, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) was informed about the problem soon after it happened and they have been trying to fix it without much success so far.

“We have contacted just about everyone in the KESC but they haven’t been able to fix the problem as they say that it is due to a cable fault for which they have started digging work now.

“They also say that the main substation located inside the Haroon House has obsolete parts that are not readily available with them,” said Dawn’s publisher Khwaja Kaleem Ahmed on Wednesday evening.

About the newspaper’s backup power supply, he said that Haroon House’s generator had been running non-stop for over 30 hours and would have to be switched off after printing on Thursday morning.

“Our generator needs rest but we could not even arrange for a backup in the shape of a rented generator due to transporters’ strike,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tayyab Sohail, the manager of electricity system at Haroon House, said the building’s main high tension (HT) cable had rusted along with other things, as discovered by the KESC team working to restore power.

“Apart from the rusted cable, the insulator of HT panel’s circuit breaker is not working. The current transformer [CT] is also damaged, but the KESC says these parts are obsolete and not available with them at the moment,” he informed.

“Right now there is some digging going on as they are trying to reach the main cable to look at the fault there.

“They have taken back the panel equipment with them and are trying to repair it as they do not have spares,” he added.

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Reality Check Please?
December 13, 2012 5:46 am
This is so funny (ironically)....if this is the state of affairs for a National Media organistaion, what hope is there for the ordinary Pakistanis!
raika45
December 13, 2012 7:11 am
Don't you people do routine inspection of your premises including the power section like the switch boards,cable condition where you could have detected the early deterioration of the system? Or you wait till the whole thing breaks down and then run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
Sam
December 13, 2012 4:27 am
Fedral B Area is now completely exempt for any loadshedding or power outages.Gas generators are another useful alternative.
Md Imran
December 13, 2012 4:24 am
small problem being made a big issue here.
Pradeep
December 13, 2012 4:59 am
Sincerely hope that power to be restored at the earliest and Dawn readers are not effected. All the best for KESC and Dawn management.
Dilawer
December 13, 2012 8:30 am
There is no accountability in Pakistan. Some heads needs to roll due to lack of planning and preparedness.
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