For the last 2 weeks i have been surprised, nay shocked at the fact that in the full blaze of summer in Karachi the electricity is available and stable. I wonder how such a miraculous change has happened, as upon questioning from various friends and relatives living in this cities different neighborhoods, i have found that load shedding has dropped in all areas to a paltry 1 hr a day on average.
For us an hour a day of no lights is but a joke, we can take that in our stride. Normally at this time it should be upto at least 4-5 hrs daily. So what has changed?? According to newspaper reports the new government has arranged an issue sorting meeting between the Wapda and KESC authorities, which has resulted in WAPDA giving 500 additional megawatts for this city. The main issue was non payment of the dues that KESC owes WAPDA. Which has led to a small tranche being paid by KESC and thus Wapda relenting with supply.
Perhaps the government and their institutions have gained some wisdom from last weeks power riots in Multan. Perhaps some diplomacy is needed between institutions as well as between countrymen. All i can say is congratulations, the generator barons and the UPS lords may be crying foul as their sales drop, but the innumerable children, elders and families living in this urban fiefdom offer their thanks.