Another day of power protests as faults crop up

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Karachi  Another day without power compelled the residents of Liaquatabad to come onto the streets on Wednesday and protest against the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), while other city areas experienced prolonged outages. Dwellers of some localities in the metropolis claimed to have been without power since Monday.


Blocking the main road near the Liaquatabad post office, the demonstrators caused massive gridlocks and vehicular traffic was suspended in the area till the filing of this report.


“We do not have power since Monday,” said one of the protestors. “People were initially told that there is a fault which would be rectified within a couple of hours. “However, nothing has happen been fixed till now.”


The protesters felt it was shameful that the KESC had failed to rectify the fault. They added that the power utility sends heavy bills every month, but fails miserably when it comes to delivering electricity.


Another enraged consumer taking part in the protest said that the “KESC should realise it has been more than 72 hours since most areas of Liaquatabad have been without electricity.” “Nobody can even take a bath in this scorching heat as the machinery used to bring water into homes cannot be used without power.”


KESC Spokesperson Adil Murtaza, while reacting to the protests, said that some PMTs of the areas developed faults due to the fact that they were overloaded.


“The Furqania Masjid D/PMT, which supplies 500 KVA of electricity to the nearby areas, was fixed by 5:55pm. Overloading was the main issue in most of the affected areas of Liaquatabad,” he mentioned.


A similar situation was reported from Gulzar-e-Hijri’s Scheme 33 and its surrounding areas. According to residents, the power failure occurred on Monday and electricity did not return till Wednesday afternoon.


“The last three days were like the worst nightmare of our lives. We had no electricity or water and could not sleep as our UPS’ and generators were also exhausted,” said one of the residents. The locals demanded that the area be exempted from load shedding for a certain period of time to compensate for their sufferings.


The KESC spokesman said that the areas of Gulzar-e-Hijri and Metroville were affected due to the theft of high tension wire and LCF locale cable faults due to the overloading of PMTs.


He also mentioned that Sector L of North Karachi and some other parts were affected by low voltage over the last 24 hours due to overloading at the Country Tower Feeder, but the situation was later rectified.


In addition, the KESC disconnected power supply to 24 PMTs in Baldia Town due to the non-payment of electricity bills and theft in the area, Murtaza said. The spokesman said that the KESC hardly recovered more than eight percent of the total bill from these 24 PMTs ever month.


He added that at least nine PMTs installed at Singo Goth, Faqir Muhammad Goth and Muhammad Ali Goth and Mustafa Goth had consumers who were combined defaulters of Rs6.2 million.


Meanwhile, in a late night development, there were also protests against power outages in Paposh Nagar near Bada Maidaan, where power consumers burnt tyres to block the road.

Courtesy:  The News

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