KARACHI - In protest against the fresh-hike in the prices of petroleum products, the transporters of Karachi have decided to go on strike on April 10 (today). Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI), an alliance of organisations operating public transport in the city, announced the decision despite government’s decision of meagre reduction in oil prices.Chairman KTI also welcomes all concern transporters including Trailer, Rickshaw Taxi and Inter Province Transport Association who assured their participation in strike.Sources said the government did not allow transporters to raise fares which prompted them to announce the wheel-jam strike. OGRA raised petrol prices by up to 8.2 percent, contrary to its advice to leave prices unchanged. The price of petrol crossed the psychological barrier of Rs100 to Rs105.68 (1.16 dollars) or by 8.2 percent. The price of diesel and high-octane gasoline was increased by 4.5 percent and 7 percent respectively. Price of compressed natural gas, an alternate transport fuel, was increased from 77.12 rupees to 88.70 rupees. However, after strong reaction from different circles of people, the government decided to decrease the POL and CNG prices. A summary in this connection has been sent to Finance Ministry. Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain announced it after holding a meeting with President Asif Zardari in Karachi. KESC signs accord with ABAD on energy conservation: Karachi Electric Supply Company has, in line with its vision to encourage energy conservation by maximizing the usage of natural light during the daytime and avoiding the undue wastage of electricity; on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD).KESC and ABAD have agreed to undertake joint measures to ensure energy conservation and under the agreement, KESC would provide the builders with technical expertise and guidelines for developing energy efficient architecture in their future projects. The idea is to increase the number of ‘green buildings’ which would require less energy on sustainable basis which is the need of the hour under current circumstances of increased demand pressures on energy resources.The Energy Conservation team of KESC earlier had held interactive session with office bearers and members of the association and gave them multiple briefings on the Energy Conservation cause and how it could be addressed through the forum of builders and developers to yield greater magnitude of results.KESC has been making sustained efforts on this front by engaging public participation and now also partnering with the architects, builders, developers, for furthering the cause. The point at which the demand-management and supply-management responsibilities of KESC converge call for the need of Energy Conservation and Efficiency by KESC, its Consumers and other stake holders alike, to ensure a sustainable and green future.Given the energy crisis in Pakistan, KESC gives immense importance to Energy Conservation and Efficiency as it aids in the reduction of energy consumption and energy demand per capita, offsetting the growth in energy supply needed to keep up with rising population growth in its licensed territory.KESC being conscious of its responsibility towards its Consumers, stakeholders and operating environment, also knows that reducing emissions is an important role that needs to play towards lessening the impact on the climate change. Hence being cogniazant of its corporate social responsibility, KESC aims at increasing awareness on the EC front - that every unit of electricity conserved actually reduces the environmental impact.