Karachi Electric Supply Company Restores Power Supply to Dhabeji on Governor’s Assurance; Urges Water Board to Pay Dues as per Court Orders

Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company has restored power supply to Water Board connections including Dhabeji pumping station after Governor Sindh assured the power utility of an early payment of Rs. 1 billion in cash and Rs. 4 billion bank securities as per Sindh High Court orders of Feb. 27.

KESC had disconnected the electricity supply to Water Board on Tuesday when KW and SB in violation of court orders had failed to make the payments within 21-day grace period given by the court ending last week. Water Board neither deposited cash nor did it give bank guarantee to the Nazir of the court as per verdict.

KESC had sent a final disconnection notice to the Water Board on Feb. 16 but had accepted the 21 days grace period granted to the board on the 27th of Feb, by the highest court of the province. However, this clear violation of court orders and its own commitment by the Water Board had forced KESC to take the rightful legal action under Section 24(1) of the Electricity Act 1910, and disconnect power supply to the board including Dhabeji against which a huge sum of over Rs. 17 billion was still outstanding.

Governor Sindh, taking cognizance of the critical situation created by the default of Water Board contacted KESC authorities on Tuesday and assured them of an early payment of the longstanding power dues. KESC restored the power supply to Dhabeji on Governor’s assurance.

KESC said that Water Board had been the largest defaulter of power bills and this default had created a very complicated and vicious circular debt issue for the power utility. This undue burden on the power utility’s already constrained financial position and limited resources had caused a huge deficit of cash inflow making it difficult to pay off its dues to its strategic fuel suppliers.

Also importantly to note the fact, that despite such long standing default, KESC has exempted all KWSB pumping stations from load shedding as well – only in recognition of the important role that the Water Board plays in the daily lives of the citizens; a fact exploited by the water utility to continue with its default behaviour.

KESC further said that supplying water to the city consumers was a sacred responsibility upon the government-run Water Board and its management needed to realize its’ very vital role to provide this most essential daily use commodity to its consumers.

However, the irresponsible and rather negative role by the Water Board had caused great difficulties for water consumers of the City for which the board management was solely and directly responsible.

KESC asked the Water Board to take immediate steps for payment of electricity dues as per Governor’s assurance in order to save the citizens from acute water shortage.

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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