KARACHI - The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) is not able to pay the increasing overdue to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) due to the financial constraints, the boards managing director wrote to the federal Finance Ministry after power supply to various KWSB installations was severed. In the letter to the finance secretary, the managing director confirmed that Rs14billion was payable to the KESC in outstanding bills up to the month of September. He said that funds to be received from various departments of the federal government are of relative size, therefore, the same be released through the federal adjustor and paid directly to the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to offset the KESCs dues. This will help the KESC receive adequate gas supply to meet the increasing demand of its consumers, including the KWSB, he wrote in the letter. The KWSB official further said that in order to address the dire current situation, it was making an immediate payment of Rs50million and another Rs50million by the end of October. A meeting under the Sindh governor has been scheduled for this week to evolve a strategy to make future payments. Besides, the KWSB has also been increasing its monthly collections from the consumers. The KWSB has made some significant efforts to increase its revenue, the MD added. Almost all KWSB officials TheNation talked to said the utility did try to resolve the matter, but unfortunately it could not happen due to which the consumers had to face certain problems. The overdue, accumulated over the years, was only because of negligence on part of the KWSB that failed to pay on time, they said. They were of the view that in the current situation, there was no possibility that the utility cleared the outstanding amount.