KARACHI, July 16: Karachi Electric Supply Company has strongly condemned life threats to its field employees by armed hooligans in Maymar and Gadap areas and demanded action against electricity thieves who had dared to take law into their hands.
KESC said that the revenue theft detection teams working in the jurisdiction of VIBC Gulshan-e-Maymar and Gadap areas had faced armed resistance over the past week at three different places and timings where unknown anti-social elements with loaded guns had given them warning to stop their work. The hooligans had threatened KESC team members of “direct shootout” in case any power consumer in the areas received electricity theft bills.
KESC demanded of the local authorities and law enforcement agencies to take immediate action against the threatening miscreants and to provide adequate protection to field staff and peaceful atmosphere to perform their official responsibilities in the interest of two million inhabitants of the Metropolis.
KESC also expressed protest over the pick-axing of seven main underground power supply cables in Korangi during the past couple of days by KMC workforce and asked KMC authorities to exercise extreme caution while digging roads in order to save power consumers from unexpected outages and the power utility from meaningless loss of millions of rupees.
KESC said that five cables had been pick-axed by KMC staff at Murtaza Chowrangi on Sunday while two more main cables were cut in Malir river area on Sunday. Though KESC rushed its teams to reconnect the pick-axed cables within no time, and the supply was back fed to preempt any outage in the area, the KMC’s irresponsible attitude had caused great undue burden upon the already hard pressed repair and maintenance system of the power utility as well as direct risk to the lives of KMC workforce.
KESC stated that KMC’s road widening work needed to be carried out in coordination with the power utility’s local employees so as to prevent any untoward happening. It was not an isolated happening but a long time practice of KMC staff not to bother about the loss of underground electricity cables during their developmental activities. Before even starting their project, the KMC staff knowingly or unknowingly had caused great trouble for power utility and consumers in complete disregard of civic norms and ethics. This was a negative tendency and needed to be curbed at all costs, KESC added.