KESC restores power supply to Gharo, Dhabeji pumping stations

The power cut-off affected water supply to around 80% of the areas in Karachi.

Web Desk February 25, 2012

KARACHI: Upon the intervention of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has restored power supply to Gharo and Dhabeji pumping stations in Karachi, Express News reported.

Earlier on Saturday, KESC had terminated power supply to the two pumping stations as a result of unpaid dues of the Water Board amouting to around Rs16 billion.

The power cut-off affected water supply to around 80% of the areas in Karachi.

Qaim Ali Shah immediately took notice of the incident and directed Sindh Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas to look in to the matter and make peace between KESC and water board through dialogues.

KESC spokesperson said that they had resumed electricity to the pumping station after the chief secretary of the province and Petroleum Minister Asim Hussain asked them to. He also added that the ministers had reassured KESC that the water board will pay their dues in a few days time.

Earlier, KESC representatives said that they had issued several notices to the Water Board asking them to pay their electricity dues, but the water board kept evading payment and ‘making excuses’, upon which KESC was compelled to cut off their electricity.

The managing director (MD) of water board, Misbah-ud-Din Fareed, had termed the power cut off as a ‘conspiracy to create disruption in the city.'

Correction: Due to an error, an earlier version of the story stated the unpaid amount as Rs1 billion. The error has now been rectified.


karachite | 9 years ago | Reply

@Abdulaleem: KESC owes RS 32 billion to SSGC & when SSGC threaten them by curtailing there gas supply what does KESC do, INSTEAD OF REPAYING THEY START EXTENDED HOURS OF LOADSHEDDING. And the amount owed by KWSB to KESC has been accumulating since the 90's, it isnt something which has cropped up now. We may be coming to a point when we may have to take sides; either KESC or KWSB i.e. which is more important water or electricity.

Abdulaleem | 9 years ago | Reply

What a BS argument from MD Water board. These people dont look at their responsibilities and always blame other for conspiracy. Come On..... one billion of overdue payment? Are we saying the KESC is a charity organisation?

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