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KARACHI: The Karachiites who have been bearing the brunt of announced as well as unannounced loadshedding for the past many days had to suffer the power utility’s wrath on Sunday when they were deprived of electricity supply for nine to 11 hours in different areas.

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is pointing finger at the Sui Southern Gas Company for short supply of gas which had led to less electricity generation, hence long spells of loadshedding while the SSGC was accusing the KESC of not clearing its arrears amounting to over Rs48 billion, according to sources.

Many consumers called offices of newspapers to record their protest after failing to get any response from KESC complaint centres.

They said that although they were paying bills regularly the power utility was not supplying them power regularly and adequately.

Students who were preparing for examinations and those who worked in offices were probably the worst sufferers.

This reporter made repeated attempts to get the KESC’s point of view on power outages but nobody in its public relations section was available for comment.

An SSGC spokesperson said in response to the KESC’s excuse for outages that sufficient gas was available but it was not being supplied to the KESC because the power utility was not willing to clear its dues it owed to the gas company.

He said the KESC owed over Rs48 billion to the SSGC, which it was not clearing despite repeated requests.

A retired banker, Ashfaq Hussain, who called from Federal B Area Block 15 said that power supply went off every day for around seven hours but on Sunday the electricity went off three times for three hours each, from 8am to 11am, from 2pm to 5pm and from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

A resident of Journalists Colony in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Ahmed Bashir, said that his area had been without power for six hours on Sunday – from 5am to 7am, from 10am to noon and from 8pm to 10pm.

A housewife, Najma Iftikhar, who called from Gulistan-i-Jauhar, said they had to bear with power outage every day for four to five hours but on Sunday afternoon her family had to suffer outage for over six hours, from 7am to 9am, 11am to 1pm and 4am to 6pm.

Fida Hussain, who works in a private company, said that electricity never used to be disrupted on Sundays but this Sunday his area, Sachal Goth in Malir, had faced outage three times – from 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm, 9pm to 10pm.

A student Aamir Khan from Nazimabad said he was preparing for examinations. It was becoming increasingly difficult to study during night because of long spells of outages, he said.

He said that last night electricity went off at 10pm and came on at 1am, then it went off at noon and came on at 3pm and again it went off at 5pm and returned at 8pm.

A retired textile mill manager, Khalid Chhura, from Korangi Crossing areas said power supply was never disrupted on Sundays but this Sunday the area had been without power three times.

First it went off early morning for a couple of hours then from 11am to 1pm, again from 4.30pm to 7pm. On Saturday also, the area had been without power for around 10 hours, he said.

Ghazala Pathan, a housewife called from Gulshan-i-Iqbal Block 1 and said that her area had been subjected to six to eight hours of power outages daily. Power went off for two to 2.30 hours in each spell. It became very difficult to work in the kitchen without electricity in this hot summer, she added.

A student, Mohamad Faizan, from Shah Faisal Colony said that he and his family had suffered three spells of loadshedding — from 9am to noon, 2.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 10pm. He hoped the KESC would be kind enough not disrupt power supply during the night as it would affect his studies.

Aftab Afridi, who works in a private company, called from North Karachi and said that his area had been without power from 8am to 11.30am, 2.30pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm.

He said he hoped the power supply would not be disrupted during night as it was difficult to sleep without a fan in a small apartment. If one could not get enough sleep, he could not perform his duties adequately the next day, he said.

Comments (44) Closed

kiran raj May 27, 2013 09:08am

Why the people of Pakistan blame the politicians for electricity and other issue facing the country, Until they change nothing is going to change. leaders come from among the peoples and if people don't change the leader won't change. Jo boi ga wohi katey ga. It's a shame that your govt can't even provide you with the basic daily need. same old faces same old policies.same strugle. In the future no need for election, since the same families will be elected again and again.

Arif Khan May 27, 2013 10:30pm

What a hue & cry over 6 hours of load shedding by Karachiites, imagine over 18 hours outage in Punjab. Though both these can not be justified but people must also accept that one of the major factors of load shedding is Power theft in this Country besides poor management. Theft of Electricity is highest in Karachi.

giovanna May 27, 2013 02:26am
what about the load shedding in lahore ?
nk May 27, 2013 02:27am
This is no coincidence,get ready Karachi for longer power outages,last week cabinet approved cutting about 700 MW power supply to Karachi. SSGC is giving lame excuse about Dues.those Dues were there for a long time and payment mechanism was working.this is pure and simple POLITICS AT ITS WORST!!!, so get ready Karachi,Its a PAYBACK TIME.I think Media should look into it,making KESC the villain will not solve the problem.
J.K May 27, 2013 02:36am
Hmmm so while the rest of Pkaistan has been experiencing more than 12 hours load shedding for almost 5 staright years, karachi is complaining about 11 hour cuts. Why such preferential treatment for Karachi. What has the rest of Pakistan done to deserve this?
Mustafa May 27, 2013 03:02am
That's it!?! Nothing compared to Lahore the past few years and the temperature in Lahore is almost 50 degrees!!!!
Dr Saad May 27, 2013 03:19am
With more than 40% electricity being stolen in Karachi, all the blame should not be put on KESC. The whole country is suffering from power crisis, the electricity thieves should also share the burden
Syed-S May 27, 2013 04:25am
Welcome to the reality,what the rest of the country has. been facing for a long time. Some places, it can be even upto 20 hours.
Soullllllll May 27, 2013 04:42am
People of Karachi are not fool that they wont understand what is happening all of a sudden when a pro punjab government is about to take reins . Rather than giving agony to karachi people, they should focus on privatisation of LESCO and other punjab based electricity distributors. Karachi has long suffered from loadshedding even at that time when punjab metropolis had not heard of word loadshedding. Now that KESC is privatised and there is some relief , these biased people are avenging on us
MA May 27, 2013 04:47am
11!? In Islamabad, the shinning capital, it is up to 18 hrs in some sectors. And sometimes it is gone for 4 consecutive hours in peak day time. Be happy with 11.
Akil Akhtar May 27, 2013 05:03am
11 hrs for Karachi and 20 hours for punjab. I can see MQM complaining about being discriminated against and being pushed against the wall.
Osman May 27, 2013 05:11am
Sad state of affairs... who is going to fix this mess? The author should note that all other parts of Pakistan have been facing the same wrath for at least the last 5 years... it has really been THAT long since the rest of Pakistan has been subjected to 10 hours or more of load shedding every summer.
Faran Ali May 27, 2013 05:14am
is it really gas shortage or the Karachiites facing the wrath of the Tiger already?
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. May 27, 2013 05:15am
It is very difficult to live in load shedding if we have TV, computer and need fan during summer season. This was the condition we'd faced in 2000-2005 time. Now we are on the normal condition i.e. no load shedding. Thanks to our leadership's decision on Power making plan. Pakistan also need such leadership to think about such serious issue about Power cut.
Maryam May 27, 2013 07:19am
Dear Karachiites, we here at the CAPITAL Islamabad facing same situation, more than 12 hours power cut so whole nation is on the same page.
Fahad May 27, 2013 09:22am
Same sort of situation has been facing today.... I am sitting here at my office (I.I. Chandigarh Road), and this area is known as Financial Hub of the Karachi, so U can imagine what would have been happening out there at other places...
gangadin May 27, 2013 09:42am
What has the governor of Sind done about it? Who appointed him? Can't wait for his exit from the governor's house. It was a disgrace to appoint such an incompetent individual for a post like that. Shame on PPP.
Kalimullah May 27, 2013 09:47am
Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad are three main cities of Pakistan in terms of economy and other factor. The thing is that Karachi have his own power generation units and because of this the duration of load shading is minimum by comparing to others. My suggestion is that like Karachi we should make two more companies in Lahore and Faisalabad and asked them to make electricity like what is done in Karachi. Rest we all are same ( Sons & daughter of this nation) -(A Pakistani who born in Karachi and will die in Pakistan)
haris May 27, 2013 09:59am
Power failure in Karachi is not new in the horizon. I am 31 years hold and I have been facing power-cuts problem since my childhood. At home in Gulistan-e-Johar the normal power failure is upto 9 hours daily and you know what, this month we have paid our electricity bill of 8000 Rs. keep in mind we don't have air-conditioner in our home.
haris May 27, 2013 10:01am
The difference here is, Karachi is facing regular power failures for past 20 years while the rest of the country started facing for past 5 years. That the most significant difference everyone has forgotten.
FAKHAR May 27, 2013 10:06am
Guys I agree with Maryam, I came from ISB yesterday and witnessed more than 12 hours loadsheddng in ISB and even around 15 to 20 hrs in hasan abdal and RWP...So here khi is sort of paradise
Khalil May 27, 2013 10:38am
When the whole country was plunging into darkness and Karachi was enjoying no load-shedding. It is shame that this country has double standards. I faced 12-18 hours of load-shedding in Lahore and now people in Karachi are crying foul becuae they faced load-shedding of 11 hours just for 1 day.
awakening May 27, 2013 10:46am
dont spoil Karachi look at the bigger picture you cant compare Karachi and its importance to a garrison town, its metropolitan city, nerve center of pakistan and business hub, punishing Karachi will be the last chance for this nawaz leauge ( family owned business called politics )
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. May 27, 2013 11:30am
It is very difficult to live in load shedding if we have TV, computer and need fan during summer season. This was the condition we
haris May 27, 2013 11:39am
Karachi has been continuously plunged into darkness for over 2 decades now while rest of the country hasn't shown any interests because there wasn't load-shedding at all there. WHY DOUBLE STANDARDS? I still remember my visit to my cousin's place in ISB in April 1993 when during one afternoon the power went-off and all of sudden there was extreme sense of surprise on the face of entire family. How come the power went off? Power failures and Load-shedding has long been the part of daily life of Karachiites.
abdussamad May 27, 2013 12:34pm
Isloo is the administrative capital of Pakistan. Karachi is the financial capital. Our tax rupees finance you. So there is no comparing the two cities.
abdussamad May 27, 2013 12:36pm
Karachi is the golden goose. It contributes 68-70% of government tax revenue. So that is why it is special.
abdussamad May 27, 2013 12:38pm
Life is not fair, some are more equal than others etc. You should grow up and face the real world. Karachi is the richest city in the country and its citizens deserve special treatment.
haris May 27, 2013 02:38pm
Don't worry! honorary Governor is leaving soon to US. Probably imposing a self-exile. sssshhh! Keep it with you and don't tell anyone
haris May 27, 2013 02:54pm
Wait till $15bn loan from our dear Imams of Saudia Al-Arabia arrives.
haris May 27, 2013 03:02pm
out of 40% stolen electricity, KESC is directly involved in almost 99% of the cases. Only in my neighborhood, there are 100s of houses who don't have meter installed at their places because KESC has offered them a lucrative deal of "Unlimited use of electricity for Rs.4000" by installing "kunda" themselves. How would you expect from KESC to remove Kundas across the city while they are installing themselves everywhere.
nawaz sharif May 27, 2013 03:34pm
alas! talking only about Karachi.
nawaz sharif May 27, 2013 03:43pm
they have been giving 700 MW daily to KESC. why? what Sindh has given in return. they are not in darkness because of Punjab. HUBCO can produces 1400MW, KESC is buying 600 MW. ask KESC to pay BILLs, and get rid of KUNDAs
nawaz sharif May 27, 2013 03:45pm
you have been avenging for last five years.
aisha May 27, 2013 03:56pm
yeah, well if u look at it the other way, no electricity in karachi will lead to further pushing every other city into darkness as this is where the money still gets generated. plus if ur upset that we get more electricity, we also have equal rights to be upset that you get a better road system, metro bus and better law and order
aisha May 27, 2013 03:57pm
im afraid it is the latter
aku May 27, 2013 05:14pm
Welcome to the club! lahorites are bearing this and worst for the last 5 years
nk May 28, 2013 03:32am
Just wants to tell all those who are comparing Karachi to rest of the is not a double standard!!! Karachi has KESC rest of the country has WAPDA and others.Karachi is better in paying for their electricity.KESC buy from WAPDA,WAPDA sells is because KESC pay them a better is a case of better economics,so please don't make it a case of double standard.all provinces can generate their own electricity.Sind produces more oil and natural Gas and Karachi earns 25% of country"s income,being a business hub it can afford to buy electricity by paying higher rates. it is not right to make Karachi a villain,millions of people come to Karachi to earn their living. we should be talking about ways to getting rid of load shedding in a whole will not happen by demonizing one part of the country against the other!!!.
Pakistani May 28, 2013 06:08am
You need to understand that KESC is a private entity whereas LESCO is not. Also, the 2002 Power Generation Policy and the 18th Amendment not only allows provinces to power generation develop projects in public and private sectors but also to establish their own transmission and distribution companies. You need to ask your CM as to why Rs 72 bln were spent on buses at this stage rather than investing and managing the power sector. The Punjab government needs to gets its priorities right.
Pakistani May 28, 2013 06:15am
Hmmm...........because KESC produces its own electricity whereas other provinces think it is more important to waste billions of rupees on buses when the priority should have been the power generation.
Faraz May 28, 2013 07:00am
Is this a local newspaper? I was expecting something when we were having a power cut of 16 hours here in another par of the country but nothing reported. Anyway, the nightmare must come to an end by the new government which I'm not very much hopeful for.
KHI man May 28, 2013 10:52am
Sindh has given you the natural gas to produce most of that energy
khalid May 28, 2013 12:48pm
before reading the news I would request you to read the headline properly first..
Rashid May 28, 2013 12:51pm
yes and they use water of sindh also