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Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Karachi Electric Supply Company concerned over villagers’ putting up illegal power supply system, demands government to intervene

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Karachi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has expressed surprise and concern over a strange incident in which the villagers of areas behind Gharo Grid Station installed illegal electricity supply infrastructure and insisted the utility to energize it. Upon KESC’s refusal, they went to the extent of interrupting power supply to the Gharo Water Pumping Station which disturbed water supply to the City.

Claiming that they had strong political backing, the culprits daringly owned illegal and unauthorized PMT and the cable network and did not oblige to dismantle it when asked by KESC.

After establishing a wholly illegal power supply system to their villages, the culprits made attempts to get the electricity from KESC’s main transmission lines which were thwarted by the utility. However, the villagers later unlawfully pulled down some high tension spans causing tripping of Gharo Water Pumping Station feeder. The culprits even dared to confront KESC personnel and insisted on energizing of their illegal power infrastructure on the excuse that they enjoyed political support. The KESC asked the government to intervene into the matter and has sought protection from law enforcement agencies.

In the meanwhile, the KESC has expressed great concern over continuing attacks on its employees and installations and besieging of all its offices by union miscreants and the authorities’ silence over it.

On July 4 afternoon, Raza Ali, Manager, narrowly escaped life attempt as union miscreants directly fired gunshots on him outside his residence in Block ‘Q’, North Nazimabad. The miscreants surrounded his car while he returned from work, and directly fired gunshots. Five bullets hit his car but fortunately none touched him. The miscreants escaped the scene later.

The union miscreants also stole bush bars and leads of Dow Medical College Hostel Substation causing the installation to stop functioning. The miscreants also damaged HRC base besides stealing all low tension leads from bushing to panel along with low tension copper bush bars and 10 grips from the substation.

The union saboteurs damaged the Young Women’s Christian Association Hostel Feeder by physical pick axing near Sultanabad area. The pick axing rendered outage in the hostel and linked areas.

The KESC has said that not only the utility but the independent observers too had failed to understand the reason behind the government’s silence over the labour union’s continuing campaign of sabotage, subversion and disruption. The power utility demanded of the government to immediately make all necessary protective arrangements to enable the KESC serve its customers in the best possible manner.

For more information, contact:
Adil Murtaza
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11,
Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641
Email: adil.murtaza@kesc.com.pk

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