Light at the end of the tunnel?

Shamaila Abdullah

Power crisis looms large in Pakistan and it is important that people play their role as well in saving electricity and waking up and voicing out as a society against power theft. Different media reports say that K-Electric has been investing their time and money on a new cable (ABC), whether it turns out to be fruitful or not, only time will tell, but initial reports suggest that electricity issues in areas and societies where KE has been installing ABC, things are gradually improving.
A close and personal relative said that people showed resistance at first for ABC installation in his area (Sadr) due to lack of knowledge, but then there were people like him who stood up for it. Some of the society elders were quoted as saying ‘Chalo KE ko yeh bhi karnay do, dekhtay hain kia behtari ati hai’. The people now do appreciate a visible decrease in the load-shedding hours and fault ratio has also gone down drastically.
After such sense of appreciation one wonders why others show reluctance in having similar ABC projects done in their areas, maybe it will take time or maybe once a thief will always remain one, which is why he or she would not want such investment in their society. Maybe the term over-billing comes only after a Kunda user for example, receives an actual bill after ABC installation showing his actual consumption instead of the illegal consumption via Kundas. Keeping this in mind at least power utility and other DISCOs have increased their crackdown against electricity theft, and maybe just maybe, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
—Karachi

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