Federal govt, K-Electric directly responsible for heat wave deaths: Memon

Information minister criticises K-Electric for existence of dilapidated power system despite issuing high bills


Sameer Mandhro June 28, 2015
Information Minister Sindh, Sharjeel Inam Memon. PHOTO: PPI

The Sindh government has refused to take responsibility for over 1,000 deaths caused by a heat wave in Karachi, pointing fingers, instead, at the federal government and K-Electric, Express News reported.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon called out the federal government and K-Electric over what he termed their failure to provide uninterrupted power supply to residents of Sindh.

While addressing the media at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where incidentally the power was out, Memon said it was K-Electric’s responsibility to replace the existing dilapidated system with an efficient one at all costs.

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“K-Electric did nothing to install new wires and grid stations on the mere pretext of line losses,” he said, adding that the “money that it received on account of bills was not used to rid the city of the outages.”

The minister further claimed that the power company was in the hands of ineligible officers who did not have good intentions.

“K-Electric is indeed responsible for outages even at the hospitals as they claim to have exempted them from load-shedding.”

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Memon also accused the federal government saying it did nothing about the “discrimination” Sindh faced in terms of receiving efficient power supply.

“There has been no respite in load-shedding particularly in villages where the dwellers face even 20 hours of load-shedding,” he said.

He claimed that the provincial government is taking all measures to help people out of the misery in the scorching heat.

“From this hospital, we identified at least 40 ghost employees and terminated their services.”

The minister said most of the people who died from Karachi heat were elderly, including women, and the electric company is to be held responsible for continuous load shedding.

COMMENTS (12)

Good Governance Forum | 5 years ago | Reply K-Electric is the new name of the old company called Karachi Electric Supply Corporation. It's the only power supply company responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Karachi to estimated 20 million population. K-Electric received Rs 14 billions as subsidy from the Government of Pakistan for upgrading its system in the first year of its take-over from the preceding shareholders who had received only Rs 7 billions in the first year of their take-over from the government. From there onwards, it received subsidy in billions every year. In addition, it raised 28 billion rupees in bonds from the people in Pakistan. The growing population of Karachi is being subjected to massive loadshedding/breakdowns day in and day out. The recent deaths of over 1000 persons in Karachi from the heatwave is also partly attributed to the massive loadshedding/breakdowns for which KE has not paid a single rupee in compensation to the families of the victims. It increased its generation from 8,262 million units to 8,709 million units in six (6) years. Its sales increased from 9,396 million units to 11, 453 million units . It reduced its T&D losses from 35.9% to 25.3%. Astonishingly, its revenue increased from Rs 85,224 million to Rs 194,708 million between 2008-2009 and 2013-2014. Why is there massive loadshedding/breakdowns in Karachi? Can anybody come up with an explanation?
Bilal Tahir Khan | 5 years ago | Reply If you cannot run the government, leave it.. do not blame any one.. the Sindh government has its own responsibilities to fulfill.. ?
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