KESC suspends power to four PMTs in Malir

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Karachi The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has suspended the electric supply service to its consumers linked to four pole-mounted transformers (PMTs) in Malir area mainly citing much low recovery ratio of electricity dues from the residents of localities concerned, causing widespread losses to the privatised power utility.


According to a statement issued on Monday, the KESC said that in addition to the non-paying attitude among the consumers concerned, conductor theft had also been rampant in the vicinity of Malir and on Monday the defaulting consumers had attacked KESC’s Memon Goth Business Operation Centre (BOC), demanding restoration of power to their households without clearing the outstanding dues. The KESC said that it suspended service to four PMTs of Malir where consumers concerned had been causing an aggregating 60 per cent loss to the privatised power utility while the bill payment ratio was only 25 per cent in the area.


The KESC stated that it had been serving the customers connected to the PMTs namely Bashera, Chairman and Girls School PMT’s 1 and 2 despite heavy losses and low recovery rate and recently, with the help of local notables, the KESC had made arrangements to convert hook connections of the area into metered connections and established a camp for recovery of dues.


“However, the defaulting consumers refused to pay or cooperate and rather chose to resort to mob tactics which was evident from their Monday attack on the Memon Goth BOC; throwing stones and blocked the road,” said the KESC’s statement.


The KESC said that theft of precious copper wire continued despite repeated alarm raised by the power utility.


On January 14, in another development, three-phase low tension bus bar copper wire was stolen from Ibrahim Ali Bhai substation in Moosa Lane, Metroville where unknown thieves broke the lock and forced entry into the substation. On January 13, two spans of copper wire weighing 30 kg were stolen from the Bahria Security Intelligence Colony.

The KESC asked the authorities and law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) to take immediate steps to protect the utility’s assets against such continuing acts of transgression against its network, creating not only huge financial losses for the utility but also causing difficulties for the consumers as well.


Date extended


The KESC has extended the due date of electricity bills falling on January 14 till January 16, in view of the law and order situation in the city.


The KESC has informed all banks to receive such electricity bills till January 16 without charging any late fee. The decision has been taken to facilitate the consumers who could not pay their bills due on January 14 because of inaccessibility to banks.

Courtesy:  The News

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