KESC told to end woes of consumers

Posted on June 17, 2011. Filed under: Wapda / KESC |

KARACHI, June 16: Sindh Assembly lawmakers on Thursday urged the Karachi Electric Supply Company to end its internal problem and move to end public suffering caused by prolonged outages and unattended electricity complaints.

This call was made by about half a dozen MPAs when the house reassembled to resume a debate on the provincial budget.

The virtual collapse of the power distribution system even pushed back the burning issue of continuing violence in Karachi that claimed several lives.

The issue of KESC-workers prolonged tussle was raised by Muhammad Tahir Qureshi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on a point of order soon after Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro called the house to order at 10.45am. He said ordinary citizens were made to pay the price of the KESC failure to settle its issues with its workers. He requested the chair to play his role in ending public suffering.

Responding to the point of order, Minister for Electric Power Shazia Marri told the house that the situation had aggravated to the extent that not only the governor and the chief minister but also the prime minister had taken notice of it and formed a committee to help end the tussle.

She said the government could not remain unconcerned as the issue was creating a law and order problem. Although the KESC was a private company, it was supposed to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to all its consumers and it was responsibility of the government to provide relief to citizens, she argued.

The minister was of the view that it was an in-house matter which the KESC could sort out within a few days. However, she added, it had been almost 45 days now that the management’s tussle with its workers had severely disrupted the power distribution system in the city.

This added to the miseries of citizens who were already enduring an extremely hot summer and were forced to take to the streets due to prolonged outages, the minister said.Izhar-ul-Hasan of the MQM said citizens of Karachi were right to criticise the KESC management for its failure to overhaul the system and enhance power generation.

Minister for Katchi Abadis Rafique Engineer advised the KESC management not to be inflexible over the issue and, instead, consider the plight of the millions of consumers who were regularly paying their electricity bills. The KESC must realise its responsibility in this regard, he added.

Speaker Nisar Khuhro agreed that it had become a serious matter as people were suffering owing to the ongoing tussle that involved the power utility and its workers.



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