KARACHI - K-Electric, under its flagship project Ujala, is continuously investing in improving its distribution network across the city.

This is being done by converting the cables on loss-incurring PMTs to Aerial Bundled Cables (ABC).

K-Electric spokesperson said on Wednesday that under Ujala, the utility had converted 165 PMTs on Aerial Bundled Cables only last week.

“These conversions were made in Shah Faisal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Orangi, Lyari, Liaquatabad, Garden, Bahadurabad & FB Area,” he said, and added, “The total number of PMTs that have been converted to ABC under the project up till now stand at over 702, bringing positive change in the lives of almost 150,000 people.” He added that KE also organised camps in order to educate people on the benefits of using aerial cables over illegal hook connections. “Consumers are also provided a ‘One-Stop Shop’ where they can avail new and subsidised connections on the spot.

Usage and abundance of illegal hook connections is the single largest reason for faults and tripping,” the spokesperson opined. He said that by using aerial cables, power theft could be prevented; thereby ensuring a more reliable power supply for residents.

“The utility has so far transformed various communities through the installation of these cables, new transformers and low-cost connections,” he said, and added, “Many residents in Lines Area, Liaquatabad, Ghazdarabad, Rehmat Chowk, Altaf Town and Kemari, which were previously infested with illegal connections and where fault ratio was quite high, are now power theft-free with a minimal fault ratio.”

K-Electric had launched its flagship community development project ‘Ujala’ earlier this year, with an estimated investment of Rs5 billion to improve power supply to over 1 million people.

The utility has pledged to improve the reliability of power supplied to the residents while boosting socio-economic activities through sustainable development initiatives.