Staff Reporter Karachi
President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Saleem uz Zaman, President Site Super Highwaty Association of Trade & industry (SSHATI) Engr. Nisar Ahmed, Founder President Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry (BQATI) Mian Mohammed Ahmed, President Federal B. Area Association of Trade & Industry (FBATI) Mohammad Ali jointly stated that a video has been released by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) on their social media page mentioning that all seven industrial associations have demanded to end KE’s monopoly.
It was clarified by all Presidents that a meeting was held at KCCI to discuss the concern related to KE’s prevailing issues with trade and industry and its potential takeover by Shanghai Electric.
However, he clarified that KATI, SSHATI, BQATI, FBATI and all other participants of the meeting did not concluded and reached any decision and it was decided that a committee comprising of technical experts from each association and KCCI will study the authenticity of concerns raised regarding discrimination against Karachi’s consumers and will come up with recommendations in the best interest of the industrial and domestic consumers of karachi after due deliberations.
The participants resolved that KE has significantly improved from the dark era of KESC, and without discussion any haphazard decisions in the matter might push back KE to KESC which will have disastrous implications for the residents and industries of Karachi.
The industrial representatives generally agreed that K-Electric’s response time on complaints and accessibility had significantly improved and appreciated the company for its commitment to the industries of Karachi and the economy of Pakistan.
Prime Minister and his team were appreciated for the decision of providing upto 2000 MW supply from NTDC for the residents and industries of Karachi which will enable zero load shedding for the Industries.
In response to questions about the alleged unfair practice of charging Karachi’s customers higher electricity prices, it was verified from industries of other DISCOs in Pakistan and reached a conclusion that there is a uniform tariff policy of the Govt of Pakistan across the country which exists only to prevent any discrimination between customers residing and doing business in any part of Pakistan.