Jan 4 - 10, 20

The Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) has planned to invest an amount of Rs85 billion in its future integrated plan for up-gradation and in its quest to supply uninterrupted power to its consumers, this was sated by the Managing Director, KESC, Tabish Gouhar.

Addressing to the members of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI, the KESC chief said that out of rs85 billion, 40 per cent would be equity while 60 per cent would be bank financing. He said that Abraj Capital has already arranged Rs16 billion while government would provide Rs4 billion as its share in January.

While declaring that industrial areas are exempted from load-shedding, Gouhar said that KESC was facing monetary crunch as many departments have not paid KESC dues. He said that only three hours load-shedding is being carried out in the city and that too due to the shortage of cash-flow.

He said that Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and City Government owe Rs11 to Rs12 billion but KESC was avoiding disconnection of KWSB as it will create water crisis in the city.

Gouhar said that if KESC was given natural gas on subsidized rates as extended to the fertilizers sector, it would pass on its benefit on to the consumers.

He advised the industrial as well as commercial and domestic consumers to adopt power saving methods in order to conserve energy so that load-shedding could be avoided. He advised the industrial consumers to adopt power saving mode as prescribed by KESC to save 10 to 15 per cent electricity. Gouhar announced to carry out a campaign against kunda-system particularly in the areas of Mehran Town adjacent to Korangi Industrial Area from January 1, 2010.

He advised the KATI members to share the information of their future expansion plan such as setting up new units with the KESC so that KESC would be able to plan the industrial areas' demand side by side.

On a query to KATI members, the KESC chief assured to look into the issue of disconnections without informing the consumer as practiced ask the staff to inform consumer at least 24 hours before the action. He further said that mentioning the validity period of late payment surcharge on the bill would also be looked into.

KESC chief assured as pointed by the former Chairman, Mian Zahid Husain that all the senior and important officers would be equipped with the latest cell phones and other communicators besides being trained so that they would able to resolve consumers' problems.

The Patron In-chief KATI, S M Muneer said that the KESC under its new chief has tried to strictly observe load-shedding timings due to which consumers could plan their daily routine. He said that exemptions extended to industrial sector by the KESC is appreciable and it would increase industrial productivity and exports.

The Chairman, KATI, Razzak Hashim Paracha said in his welcome address setting up KESC Complaint Centre at KATI has increased the efficiency of KESC in Korangi Industrial Area. He further requested the KESC chief to depute a KESC vehicle at the KATO office on daily basis so that industrial breakdowns could be addressed in time. He said that industry needs uninterrupted power supply in order to keep the economy's wheel moving and contribute to the national exchequer.

Senator, Abdul Haseeb Khan, Vice Chairmen, Amjadullah Khan and Najmul Arfeen also spoke on the occasion.