Commercial tariffs... By Dr Alfred
02 January, 2013
The war of words between the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) ended recently. Both utility service providers had been at loggerheads over payments. During this, the KESC disconnected the connections of several pump stations and even the managing director's (MD's) office. Now, after this settlement, the KWSB MD Mr Misbahuddin has said that the KWSB is a public service provided to the masses. Therefore, the KESC should not charge them the commercial tariff. He further said that since the KESC did not agree with their stance, they would approach the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA).
I would like to tell the MD of KWSB that before making any move to pursue his case, he should know they also charge schools, colleges and hospitals at the commercial tariff. These institutes also serve humanity and come under the essential and public service provider category. Last year, the KWSB changed its category for these and started charging at higher rates. If he feels that the KWSB should not be charged commercially, then he should think about the injustice of the entire system.
DR ALFRED CHARLES