KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) touched 1917 megawatts of electricity supply at 2p.m Wednesday against the total demand of 1965 MW, while the remaining 48 MW could not be supplied because of individual constraints, including incidents of theft of conductors and high tension wires. This was stated by Jan Abbas Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer (Distribution), at a media briefing here Wednesday afternoon. He was accompanied by Ovais Naqvi, Chief Communications Officer, and Ms. Ayesha Eirabie, Director Corporate Communications. He claimed that the utility was not short of electricity generation, but a conductor had been stolen from the grid station covering Baloch Colony, Jacob Lines and Garden areas, causing suspension of power supply. Also, a span of high-tension live wire had been stolen away from between the tower Nos. 24 and 26 in Baldia transmission line. Another span of wire had been stolen from tower Nos. 8 and 9 of Baloch-Gizri circuit and another half span from the same circuit at another point. He expressed surprise over the occurrence of theft incidents at such time of emergency and asked the consumers to help the KESC in catching the thieves if and when they observe such an anti-social activity going on. He also appreciated the role of media in calming down the consumers and said there had been mob attacks on KESCs maintenance centres at Haideri Market, North Karachi, Nazimabad and Gulzar-e-Hijri during the past 24 hours which had only delayed the response time towards public complaints and correction of faults. Giving out detail of faults, he said there had been 66 cable faults in the distribution system of which 50 had been repaired. A total of 281 feeder tripping had been fixed. Work was underway on the 40 carbonised sub-stations. In the past 24 hours, another 76 PMTs had been replaced or repaired. The troubled areas where repair work had been completed include: Darakhshan-4 sub-station, PNS-7, Defence-37 and 26th streets, Waziruddin. Work was underway in Liyari, Chakiwara, Defence sub-station 18, Seaview-Defence, Baloch Colony, Landhi Industrial Area, Dadabhoy PMT and Golden sub-station Quaidabad. He said that presently a total of 33 feeders needed to be put back online. To a question, he said that in the industrial areas, work had been underway on 15 dedicated and 12 non-dedicated feeders. When asked about the calculation of losses to the assets of the utility by the recent heavy rains, Zaidi said the most important asset for the KESC was the satisfaction of its consumers. He appreciated the fact that the safety tips sent out by the utility in the past few weeks had brought back very encouraging results and the citizens had been demonstrating great restraint in respect of rain-related hazards. This culture needed to develop further, he added. In response to another question regarding the apparent show cause notice to KESC, he said that the GoP had recently expressed concerns over the electricity situation and the KESC had completely been focusing upon improvement of its working, in accordance with its operational plans and commitments to the state regulator Nepra, Ministry of Water & Power and others. The CEO of the utility was in constant contact with the Governor and the Chief Minister of the province and he had been keeping them informed of the KESCs efforts to restore power supply to each and every part of the City. He said the utility had received a communication from Nepra regarding the July 18 blackout and its aftermath, and the legal team had been handling that. The KESC had also been keeping a regular contact with local and international sources of weather forecasting to know of the timing and the nature of the upcoming second spell of monsoon rains in advance. He told a questioner that negotiations were going on with the IPPs over the outstanding amount, and the KESC had also been putting maximum stress over the recovery of its own outstanding dues. He asked media to convey the message to the consumers that in case of faults occurring during further heavy rains, the repair work would be possible only after the rains had stopped. The utility had replaced most of its less effective PMTs and cables and in the next rains, it expected a smaller number of complaints, he added.