KARACHI - The National Assembly Standing Committee on Privatisation on Monday met with KESC officials for a productive working meeting to review overall post-privatisation performance of the utility. This is in the light of recent rain-related events, its ongoing obligations as a private utility and its committed future plans. Briefing media on the details, Ovais Naqvi, Chief Communications Officer, said that the meeting was chaired by Dr Donya Aziz, MNA, at the offices of KESC. At the meeting, CEO of KESC, Naveed Ismail highlighted the challenges facing the utility, in terms of issues around under-investment post November 2005 privatization, continued losses of the business, the current investment plan in the business and timelines around necessity to resolve circular debt, new generation, distribution system improvements and the prevailing theft and default culture in Karachi. Naqvi said that the KESC Chief also highlighted in the meeting that 100.5 million dollars had been injected into utility till June 30 this year by new shareholders and that a total of 170-180 million dollars would come into the company over the first 15 months under this management. The committee expressed satisfaction with explanations offered and confirmed that various misinterpretations around KESCs activities has been adequately communicated to the committee and fully resolved, he added. He further said that the committee highlighted the need to ensure operational improvements were visible to the public and in line with overall expectations and was satisfied that the KESC management was on the right path. KESCs management committed to deliver a total of 450MW of new generation capacity by October 2009 and to make further improvements in the utilitys transmission and distribution systems, he said. Strategies were highlighted around resolution of circular debt issues, improvements in customer care and adequate integration with town Nazims, Naqvi added. Jan Abbas Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer Distribution, while informing media of the operational update, said that at 2 PM Monday the utility had been supplying 2000 megawatts of electricity to the City consumers as against a total demand of 2070 MWs. Pepco was supplying 620 MWs. He expressed concern over the fact that different local departments had pick-axed KESCs 17 high tension linking cables and main feeder cables during their development work, during the last one week. This had caused constraints in the distribution system of the utility in several areas including PECHS, Tariq Road and Clifton. According to details, high tension link cable was axed from C-1 Area Pole to Hassan Colony PMT, HT link cable from C-1 Area Pole to Graveyard PMT and another HT link cable from Ashraf Nagar high tension overhead Pole-14. Main feeder cables which had been picking axed include: Kamal Petrol Pump feeder, Sirajuddola, Al-Hira, Plastic Crafter, Anarkali and Stylish Garden, he added. He asked the City Government, PTCL, Cantonment Board and other local departments to inform KESC before they carry on their work so that advance protective measures could be taken to save electricity cables from getting axed down. He further said that power supply had fully been restored to Dhabeji Water Pumping Station where one of the 12 feeders had developed a fault in its underground cable. In the recent past, wires had been stolen from that circuit three times; he said and added that in case the Pumping Station had established an internal linking of power supply from one pump to another, there would not have been any constraint at all. Elaborating the current improvement work, Zaidi said that a 250 KV PMT was to be replaced in Mohammad Colony Liyari while another PMT of 400 KV was to be corrected at Abida Tower I. I. Chundrigar Road. Work was also underway at a sub-station at SITE Area and another at Manghopir, from where copper wire had recently been stolen. He disclosed that during the past less than one year, copper wires worth over Rs. 10 million had been stolen from various KESC networks and sub-stations, which had caused great operational difficulties for the utility besides creating a financial loss. In reply to a question, Zaidi said this was a responsibility of the high rise building dwellers to safeguard their sub-stations against standing water which had usually been located in their basements.