KARACHI - Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) will earn additional income of Rs1.02b in a month after 17pc hike in tariff from July 2009. Sources in KESC said that at present the monthly income of the company through billing is around Rs5.6b which would sure to Rs6.62b with 17pc increase in tariff from next month. It is pertinent to mention here that the government has given its nod to increase the power tariff up to 17 pc from 1st of July. This is in the context of removing the subsidy of Rs67b allocated for the power companies. The power companies are waiting for the notification by the government in order to pursue this tariff hike. KESC official has informed that the company has yet to receive any such notification from the government. Moreover, the government has to withdraw subsidy from electricity by December 2009 so the burden will be passed on to the consumers. It is worth mentioning that the quantum of tariff increment changes for each and every quarter, in the previous quarter, the subsidy per electricity unit was Rs2.90. The KESCs price per unit will also depend on the rate of the fuel mix during the coming quarter. The KESC had made all possible efforts to continue an interrupted supply of electricity to the City during the match, and maintenance work on the faults had started early Sunday morning. Giving out details of the operational update, the KESC officials said at 2 PM on Monday, the total demand from the city was 2257 MWs while the utility had been supplying 2229 MWs. The deficit of 28 MWs was not because of generational shortage but some transformers at Liaquatabad, Federal B. Area, Elandor Road and Port Qasim had developed faults and supply to a few localities of these areas had to be suspended temporarily. On Monday, local faults had been reported from Falaknaz, Memon Goth, Sectors 8-A and 8-B of Orangi Town, C-1 Area. The major restriction in supply line to Aga Khan Hospital had been resolved and normal electricity supply was restored, they added. COO Abbas Zaidi said the daily faults in cables, feeders and transformers had been taking place because of the fact that the whole distribution system was way old and most of the system has lived its life. The process of replacement of the old things with new ones had already been started and gradually the number of faults will drop, he added. Adding that the time of response over complaints had decreased considerably as compared to the previous years. About the annual rate of growth in electricity demand, Zaidi replied that it is 3 to 4pc, if the industrial development goes on at its normal pace. In terms of MWs, it would be around 100 MWs every year, while the domestic growth rate remained unanswered. He said that the KESC had made a Public Safety Plan to combat the hazards of coming monsoon rains and a public serve publicity campaign had already been launched to make the general public aware of the precautions they had to follow. A follow up over the plan will be announced next week.