KARACHI - Despite massive loadshedding ranging from five to eight hours here, several citizens are receiving excessive bills from the Karachi Electric Supply Company.

Complaining against the injustices on behalf of the utility company, the citizens from different areas said the KESC sent excessive bills much more the power consumption. Long queues of people are witnessed at the consumer centres of the KESC daily who came to get their bills rectified.

Aman Ansari, a resident of Surjani Town, told The Nation that he has three rooms in his house and they consumed very less power. But the KESC sent him an excessive bill of Rs15,000 for he month of July, he said. He complained that the bill was much higher than the actual consumption of power so he will visit the consumer centre to get it rectified.

He said usually he received electricity bills ranging from 2,500 to 3,000 rupees so he could not afford to pay such an excessive bill sent by the KESC. The bill was sent on average basis because no official of the KESC noted the meter reading in the area.   However, a large number of residents of Surjani Town have complained that the KESC officials are providing temporary power connections through the Kunda. They are constantly receiving the fixed bills from Rs3,000 to 5,000. However, the power company raided their houses and imposed fine of RS15,000 against the illegal connections.  

Some consumers complained that by sending average bills, the KESC has showed an unfair behavior with its honest customers. “If they cannot collect the bills from dishonest consumers then why should the honest ones pay on their behalf,” they questioned.

An official of the KESC, on condition of anonymity, said the KESC had adopted the policy that if power consumption increased on any transformer, its expenditures forwards to those consumers who are getting power supply from the said transformer. He informed that the KESC face massive line losses as the management give a task to the operational staff to balance the losses through average billings and imposing fines. Following the task, the KESC employees were bound to fulfill the demands of the high ups.

Sources said in the months of June, July and August, the KESC charged extra amounts on the grounds of average billing. They said divisional survey inspectors were bound to generate 20,000 units to secure their jobs, as result inspectors made false cases to fulfill the demands of high ups just to secure their jobs.