KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) informed that KANUPP had resumed generation, which was offline since Friday, improving the power supply position in the City; it was said during a press briefing on Saturday. The KESC Chief Operating Officer Distribution, Jan Abbas Zaidi, and Director Corporate Communications, Ayesha Eirabie, said the total demand of electricity at 2 PM on Saturday stood at 2106 MWs while the utility had been supplying 2092 megawatts. The utility faced a deficit of 14 MWs, which has mainly affected Jacob Lines Area consumers. However, they said that the KANUPP had been producing 67 megawatts this afternoon and was expected to touch its normal 80 MWs mark by late evening, which would fill the gap. On the other hand, they maintained that the cable system of the utility had faced faults at 33 places on Saturday of which 18 were those of main cables while 15 belonged to link cables. 24 of them have been repaired and work on the rest was underway. Also, the maintenance staff was working on 67 pending faults. There had been a continuing problem in Block 14 of Meena Bazar, F. B. Area, where the rotational jumping had been fixed several times but the error came back again. In Block No. 9 though, a local fault of 75 KVA had already been normalized. Furthermore, 161 cases of feeder tripping had been reported which had been resolved in a short span of time, of 5 minutes and more. On a question, the KESC officials said that in the cases where trees had stretched branches into the electricity cables, the utility had been following a policy of trimming the twigs. KESC ASKED not to raise tariff Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister, Sharmila Faruqui has said that there is no truth in Karachi Electric Supply Companys claim of accumulation of Rs61.5 billion losses and the utility should not be given permission to increase its tariff on the pretext of these so-called losses. In a statement on Saturday, she said at the time of privatisation of KESC, the government had handed over Rs13.2 billion to the private investor under Financial Improvement Plan but this huge amount had been wasted by the private management. She maintained that according to the agreement, new Management Abaraj is bound to invest $361 million to bring improvement in the existing transmission and distribution network and others. Instead of investing this amount, the utility has filed a petition with National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), seeking proposed increase in its tariff, she added. The Advisor noted that allowing KESC to increase its tariffs would enhance sufferings already being faced by people. Abaraj should be asked to inject $361 million in the utility system besides operating its all power generation units, she demanded. She was of the view that there was no power outages in Karachi city before privatisation of KESC. Both private management of the utility-Aljomaih and Abaraj could not fulfil their promises. The two only minted huge money and did not invest any amount to improve the operational system, she said. Re-nationalization of the utility is only option to save it from further devastation if the present management fails to improve its performance, she added.