Power crisis

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008
It is well known that more than 30 per cent of electricity produced is lost due to theft. Many times I have seen 'kundas' (wires connected to overhead cables) providing electricity to houses. But this is not the only way of stealing electricity. Another way is to remove the neutral wire from the metre, and connect it inside the house to an earth outlet, like a water pipe.

By doing so, the electricity flows only one way through the metre, which does not record the consumption. For three or four days in a month, the neutral in the metre is restored, so that the metre records usage only during this period.

Maybe this is why there are thousands of consumers who get bills for less than a hundred units every month (despite using air conditioners and refrigerators). The KESC female staff (accompanied by male technicians and a magistrate, if necessary) should be allowed to inspect such premises and stop this robbery.

The power company staff should also check whether metres are recording actual consumption or not. Linemen routinely offer residents to rig their metres so that only a third of the consumption is recorded, the money thus saved to be shared equally between the consumer and the lineman.

Shakir Lakhani
the power crisis
Karachi

1 comments
  1. Anonymous November 01, 2008 2:48 pm  

    WHY POOR PAKISTANIS ARE BEING PUNISHED?!!!Makes for interesting reading.something very few Pakistanis would accept because that scenario "would favour India" and that was the wish of the Fathers of Pakistan to have an Islamic Republic!
    Pakistan like Israel....have been founded on "POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY" and the "whims"of the minority of the people!
    The state of Pakistan should never have been "promulgated"and as an "Islamic Republic"on top of it!This was virtually an impossible dream to be able to "coax" millions of people to accept Partition....for their "own safety"?!!Today more Pakistanis have perished at the hands of fellow-Pakistanis than against the "enemy"!Perhaps we r the wiser with "hind-sight"!that mb so,but in effect,PAKISTAN,was not...i repeat,NOT FOUNDED on ISLAMIC IDEALS and PRINCIPLES!!!!It was founded on "Personal Ambition"of one or some without the real interests of Muslims at heart.
    if we are wiser with "hind-sight",then we may even argue that the STATE OF PAKISTAN was a model of the BRITTISH sold to the ambitious politicians!!!!
    having taken all into account it is only natural to question the formation of Pakistan and whether we have succeded to have a model of Islamic Values and Democratic Governance!
    Pakistan...i am not a Pakistani...but have many friends there and love them all...would face the wrath of ALLAH swt simply becoz of all its violations of true Islamic Values and with corrupt politicians at its behest!