Govt warns KE to refrain from load shedding at pumping stations


KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has cautioned the power company K-Electric for load-shedding at pumping stations and said that the load-shedding worsening the water crisis in Karachi.

In a statement on Wednesday, Provincial Minister said that government of Sindh has paid Rs. 4.410 billion to KE for all operational connections of KWSB for the period from July 2014-April 2015 adding that there no outstanding dues for current year.

Sharjeel Inaam Memon further said that for old arrears, the Sindh High Court had issued decision in favour of KWSB and added that that any disconnection and load shedding on pumping stations by KE is contempt of court and liable for legal action.

He stated that the government will take legal action against the power company as the load shedding disturbed the supply of water to millions of consumers and it may also disturb the law and order situation in city.

He said that the loadshedding on pumping stations is an act of contempt of court and against the law and government also reserved the right to take action against the K-Electric.

Meanwhile, the Minister also warned the tankers’ mafia for overcharging the price of water and directed the authorities to take action against the mafia. He also appealed to the people to complain on phone numbers 02199203442-99245138-99245139-99245140 and 111-115-972 for overcharging.

The Minister said that action would be taken within 24 hours against the complaints and directed the MD KWSB, and chief Engineers to take strict action against the owners of the tanker if found overcharging. He advised the people to collect the receipt from the owners of the tanker.

The LG minister also advised the people to note the name of tanker driver and hydrant number and inform the complaint center setup at commissioner office and MD KWSB office. He said the directives have been issued to all six deputy commissioners to take action against the tanker mafia for overcharging the price.

He said the price of tanker of 1000 gallons water is Rs 1000, Rs 1300 of 2000 gallons, Rs 1800 of 3000 gallons and Rs 2800 for 5000 gallons water.

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