Chief Minister chairs meeting with K-Electric – K-Electric to make its two power plants functional urgently

Karachi, June 23, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the K-electric authorities to take emergent and drastic measures to provide smooth power supply to the city. “Though the on-going heat wave during the holy month of Ramzan is a natural calamity yet it has claimed lot of lives. We have to perform and you {K-e} have to perform, we cannot absolve ourselves from our responsibilities.”

This he said while presiding over a meeting to resolve the power crisis in the city. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqi, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo, MD Water Board Hashim Raza Zaidi, PDMA Director Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, K-Electric was represented by its CEO Mr Tayab, Chief of Staff Usama Qureshi, deputy chief distribution Qazi Tameez Ahmed , and Mr Mansooor and others represented SSGC.

The chief minister said “we are responsible to the people of province. People are dying and everyone is blaming K-electric for its failure to cop up the situation,” he said and added, “the provincial government was ready to extend support to K-electric, whatever it needs, but you (Ke) have to be responsive,” he urged.

CEO of K-Electric Mr Tayab said after 1979 it was an unprecedented high temperature plus humidity which had caused serious problems. “Presently, there is a demand of 3,100 MW in the city and we have the capacity to meet the need,” he said and added the problem aggravated when people started attacking the complaint centres and manhandling the K-electric workers who turn up to fix the faults. Therefore, fixation of the faults got delayed and the situation went from bad to worse,” he said.

He further said that due to low pressure of gas the K-electric had to shut down two of its power plants located at SITE and Korangi. “With their start about 200 MW power would be generated and it would help the company to reduce on-going load-shedding further,” he assured.

It was also pointed out that the gas provided to power plants in Kotri and Jamshoro were causing low gas pressure for which the federal government was urged to take necessary action. The K-electric chief told the meeting that their 70 percent high tension cables were laid underground. They heat up with the rise of temperature. This also causes tripping of the feeders. “We (KE) have 1450 feeders in the city, of them 25 have tripped today.

The Finance and Energy Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the K-Electric should have pre-empted the situation and had invested in its distribution system. “You are getting good profit from this city and you have to pay the city back,” he said. He said that the Sindh government has paid them {KE} Rs120 million for change of old cable of Dhabeji pumping stations but that work has not been started so far.

The Local Government Minister, Sharjeel Memon said, “the temperature in Dubai shoots up to 50 degree Callus but neither their underground cables heat up and nor their feeders trip down,” and added “the K-E must upgrade its system in the interest of Karachiites and in their {K-E} business interest,” he suggested.

Commissioner Karachi Mr Shoaib Siddiqi said, “The city administration such as Commissioner or deputy commissioners represent the chief minister. They are arms and ears of the government, therefore they must be kept in loop by K-electric while taking important decisions such as power disconnection or load-shedding. “Your coordination with the provincial or city administration is not so responsive as it should have been,” he said and added that he was ready to cooperate with K-electric, and his district machinery was also available to protect them when they go to fix the faults.

He said “Lets us build a new working relationship. You solve our issues and we would reciprocate with the same spirit,” he said. The chief minister directed the K-electric to increase their field teams from 600 vehicles to 800 vehicles. “This would make your reach more wide and easier,” he said. At this the CEO of K-Electric Mr Tayyab agreed to the chief minister directives.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the SSGC to improve the gas pressure at the two power plants of K-electric, SITE and Korangi so that they could be made functional. The SSGC representative Mr Mansoor and Commissioner Karachi talked to their top administration during the meeting and got the gas load sanctioned.

The chief minister also directed the Commissioner Karachi to form coordination committees between in-charges of K-Electric Centres and concerned deputy commissioners. In the committees there must be concerned SSPs so that the K-Electric field teams could be given proper protection when they go to fix a fault. “I would suggest you to involve Rangers and police and take action against the people who manhandle the K-E field teams,” he said. The Commissioner Karachi and K-electric agreed to constitute committees to resolve the issues.

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