71% of Karachi is still exempt from load shedding: K Electric

Web DeskJuly 16, 2023
71% of Karachi is still exempt from load shedding: K Electric

Following a quarterly network evaluation, 71% of the city remains immune from load shedding under the K-Electric timetable, effective immediately.

The timetable, which is published on the company’s website and the KE Live app, is based on an assessment of KE’s network of 2,000 feeders for electricity theft and non-payment of bills, which serve as the foundation for load shedding. The most recent evaluation took place in March 2023.

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71% of KE’s network is still receiving uninterrupted power supply. These are places where bills are paid on time and there is little electricity theft. In the remaining places, up to 90% of the electricity is stolen, and bills for actual consumption are unpaid.

The representative emphasized that supply increases in places where bills are paid on time and theft is reduced. Examples of such progress may be seen in neighborhoods such as Behar Colony and Tannery Road in Lyari, which are connected with “Offbeat Street” and have reported AT&C losses of 27.9% compared to March of this year.

The “Roshanabad” feeder, which supplies energy to Shah Faisal Colony No. 5, located near the airport, has also experienced losses of 30.7%, resulting in a 4 hour reduction in loadshed duration.

Similarly, regions served by the “Areesha CHS” feeder, including as Gulshan-e-Areesha, Jehangir Town, and Johar Complex, have suffered 22.3% losses. The “New Iqbalabad” feeder in Shah Faisal, which serves Drigh Road Cantt, Al-Haider, and Tandoor Colony, has also reported AT&C losses of 21.1%, resulting in a 6 hour reduction in load shedding period

KE has smart meters installed on its infrastructure, allowing the firm to carefully monitor the number of power units transmitted, billed, and lost in any portion of the network. This tracking and data-driven method yields actionable insights while maintaining transparency in the periodic evaluation.

Load shedding duration, on the other hand, has grown in places where electricity theft has increased or the propensity to pay has been badly influenced by macroeconomic conditions and government-mandated increases in electricity prices.

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Examples of this may be found in regions related with feeders dubbed “Punjab Town” in Malir, which serve Moria Khan Goth, Falak Naz Towers, and Falak Naz Height, and have recorded an AT&C loss of 28% when compared to March of the same year.

 

Similarly, the “Soomra CHS” feeder Johar connected with Soomra Society suffered losses of 48.6%, while the “Bilalabad” feeder in Landhi powering regions such as Sector 4D, 5D, and 5C suffered losses of 36.2%. Sectors 11-A, 11-E, 12-L, and so on in Orangi

 

The spokesperson underlined that these locations will be closely monitored until the next assessment, and she urged elected area officials to collaborate with the company in tackling the issue of theft and non-payment of bills. In the current macroeconomic environment, “free electricity” cannot be offered to communities where bill payment is low or declining.

In order to instill a culture of regular bill paying, KE routinely organises facilitation camps in collaboration with area leaders. To combat theft, distribution field staff are also undertaking kunda eradication actions around the clock.

 

 

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