KE says power supply continues to KWSB

KARACHI: K-Electric has said that recent reports of breakdowns at the pumping station are being associated with power fluctuations, claiming that power supply continues to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).

“K-Electric remains committed to powering the city of Karachi and especially the strategic installations that provide essential services to its citizens,” a statement issued in this regard said.

The statement further said KE teams have been in constant communication with KWSB’s management to facilitate a solution to this problem since 2018.

“To this end, several meetings have been conducted between both organizations to identify a way forward, which includes the rehabilitation of the dilapidated infrastructure including their power network,” it added.

“KE has issued estimates to KWSB for both Dhabeji and Gharo pumping stations in particular, which currently await approval and payment from KWSB to proceed. KE has also shared its recommendations with KWSB to recalibrate the sensitivity of protective switchgear installed by KWSB at Dhabeji in line with international standards, which has been the cause of frequent disruptions to water supply,” it added.

The statement also said KE prioritizes the supply of power to Dhabeji and Gharo as they are a lifeline for the city of Karachi. “KE teams coordinate around the clock with KWSB operation staff to ensure minimal disruption to the power supply, and teams are also deployed immediately for rectification of any faults,” it stated.

“At the same time, the utility has requested KWSB on numerous occasions to settle its outstanding dues which amount to over PKR 30 billion,” the statement concluded.