Karachi Electric Supply Company has no ‘fight’ going on with Water Board

Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company has strongly dispelled impression of any “fight” between the utility and Water Board, and termed the present situation purely a result of KW and SB’s one-sided default on paying its power bills. KESC said that after an overly prolonged show of patience and wait, the power utility had finally stopped providing any special status to the Water Board and was treating it like all other consumers. All KESC had wanted from the Board was payment of overdue bills.

KESC said that lately the Board had made false claim of increase in load shedding hours at pumping stations which was totally baseless. Referring to the recently created image of the Water Board related situation by a section of media, KESC said that it was incorrect to say that any tussle was going on between the two organizations. If all other consumers could bear load shedding and disconnection on non-payment, why not Water Board, which was the largest defaulter of power bills so far, KESC asked.

As a matter of fact, this was simply a case of chronic non-payment of electricity bills on the part of Water Board, which had enough money to pay to its contractors; perhaps because it benefitted a few individuals at the helm of affairs in the Board.

On the other hand, the Water Board always looked for lame excuses and false reasons for not to pay its power bills which had now swelled to over Rs. 17 billion, although electricity was top most essential necessity for its pumping stations to run. This was a clear case of wilful negligence on the part of Water Board authorities who had mercilessly been playing around with the water needs of Karachi citizens for their vested interests.

Despite receiving enough funds to clear Water Board’s electricity bills, its authorities had been defaulting with a purpose to blackmail government, citizens and KESC in the name of water supply. For a very long time KESC had been practicing leniency towards Water Board in the public interest and in the hope that the Government-run Board would finally realize its noble responsibilities and would start paying its power bills. In spite of widespread load shedding all across the City, water pumps had been exempted of load shed and the bill recovery process was delayed.

However, all these efforts had been wasted by the Board authorities who perhaps took it as a weakness of KESC and stopped paying their bills at all. KESC urged the general public as well as media organizations to identify the real culprit of the issue and press the Water Board authorities for clearing their longstanding arrears and pay their current power bills regularly instead of believing in any non-existing fight.

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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