Load Shedding: Are we next?

Seems like we ,as DHA residents, are next according to the power company officer I had a phone conversation with last night. Usually the contact numbers provided on our electricity bills provide a UAN number to handle complaints, and the SDO & XEN numbers are there for other matters.

I tried getting through to my local LESCO (Lahore Electric Supply Company) office numerous times to report the electrical supply failure, which I hoped would be for a short while. That proved unsuccessful and frustrating since both numbers were ringing up busy. Half an hour later, and still no sign of the electricity making its way back, I called up the SDO to find out when will my area get the power back. I was informed that load shedding is in place,and that every three hours a different area will be without electricity regularly.

Primarily what bothers me about this piece of information is that even though Defense Housing Authority has its own grid,LESCO office, the works, they still can not keep one measly line available to answer their consumers’ calls. Then, what about this article I read in The News back in April? The WAPDA Chief said there would not be any load-shedding this summer. How I wish that statement was true.

Something else I noticed during my drive around DHA today, both Y Block main commerical area and W Block road that crosses Ghazi road street lights are on during mid-day. That is wasteful power consumption to a T! An earnest request then to please control and curb the ‘official’ power usage before subjecting your paying consumers to hours in the hot July month electricity-free.

(I have had my complaint officially noted, since I believe talk is cheap. This post aims to find out what it is lke in other areas of Lahore and Pakistan,and encourage communication between a consumer and the power supply company)

12 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 6:19 pm

    last night i missed 45 minutes of semi final between france and portugal because of bloody LESCO. now that was really frustrating! thank God Zidane and company won :)

    atleast SDO told you honestly that it is load shedding. in most parts of lahore they totally deny and always tell you there is some fault and power will be back shortly. we spend so much money and resources on planning and i am just wondering where does all the planning go.

    I remember during the early days of load shedding in karachi, a clown (apparently a minister in fed. govt) kept on saying on television that there is no load shedding and its all just propaganda by opposition.

  2. farhan (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    Only 3 hours power shutdown my man? I’m also a DHA resident, and in our sector the power shutdown was from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. People had clothes to iron, and I seriously started thinking of getting myself one of those old fashioned irons fueled with lots of coal, for emergencies like these! They said that some maintenance work was being done. It’s strange that all the maintenance has to be done in the sweltering July-August heat, and nothing left for the more comfortable winters.

  3. Maha (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 8:04 am

    I rem loadshedding… when i went to lhr a few years back! It did made me shed a few pounds of my own.

  4. Mo (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 6:09 am

    Salam guys,

    I am a POPO (Person of Pakistani Origin) living in the UK. I take a great interest in Pakistan and hope to (try and) live there after grad school is over next summer.

    I often read that basics like electricity and water are in scarce in terms of public availability there. Is that true?



  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    Yes, it’s true to some extent. Power outages are common mostly in Summer and water pressure’s low in some areas of Lahore. But, the fact is, still, 162 million people are living in Pakistan with such disruptions and we still can Blog, go to bowling, rock at concerts, can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian & Desi cuisines; so you can imagine things aren’t that bad either.

    Ofcourse, you cannot imagine this to be some Brighton or Bristol but chances of your survival here are very high if you are immune to ‘no queues’, traffic jams, a little bit of pollution and most importantly to an average temperature of 42 degree celcius in Summers…

  6. Mo (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    Thanks Hasan, very imformative.

    What is the best area of Lahore. Its Kensington?

  7. Ghareeb_Da_Puttar (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    Hassan, I must say, you’re such a burger.

    Yahan log maray jaa rahay hain load shedding sai, yahan log bhookay mar rahay hain aur in burgers ko generator mai baith kar duniya suhaani lag rahi hai.

    Bloody Hell!!!

  8. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

    Well, Lahore’s geographics are quite confusing. On one hand you find well segmented areas according to the socio economic classes. Posh localities include Defence Housing Authority(DHA), Gulberg, Model Town etc. while on the other hand, each such area has its own disadvantages e.g. DHA has the worst access from city centre, or from any other part of the city. Gulberg has the most worn out network of roads and is being wildly commercialized and Model Town’s almost full to capacity.

    There are many other societies sprouting in the suburbs of Lahore. Many of them are clean, peaceful and worth-living. These include Johar Town, Parkview, Wapda Town, Bahria Town, Lake City etc. All these have a cluster of smaller societies around them which are kind of child societies to their parents.

  9. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    Financial & business districts include The Mall, Davis Road, Egerton Road, Urdu Bazaar, Anarkali, Shah Alami, Ichhra, Ferozpur Road, Liberty Market, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Y-Block Defence, etc.

    Lahore’s West End; The Mall is surely the main aorta; life line which has these roads & bazaars connected to itself like the Davis Road, Egerton Road, Anarkali & Urdu Bazaar etc.

    Main Boulevard Gulberg is emerging as Lahore’s Oxford Street in the style of Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. The beautiful 6-lane boulevard with palm tree green belts has got a couple of high-rises on its banks while many taller & grander plazas are under construction or approval. Some of these are going to qualify as skyscrapers for sure…

    Liberty Market Gulberg is what Green Street is an insignificant clone off. This crescent shaped market is the Ladies’ shopping paradise with unlimited number of clothing stores, boutiques, and other related outlets. And how can we forget Dupatta Gali that lies just behind the Liberty Market. As the name depicts, here you can get any kind of clothes stitched totally customized to your taste from the color of thread to the choice of laces, motis, & other accessories.

    Gulberg has this another M.M.Alam Road; Lahore’s SoHo. M.M.Alam is the modern food street lined on both sides with a dozen of world-class restaurants which serve cuisine as diverse as Continental, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Lebanese, Portugese, Fast Food, Desi and Dhaba stuff etc. Just like SoHo there are small designer boutiques, gift shops and the most recent phenomenon; European Cafe’s. You would be disappointed to know, however, that we don’t have any discos, bars or nightclubs over here.

    I’m still not best at doing this as I have missed the Old City and areas related to it as I’ve never had a proper sense of that part of the city. We’ll need someone else to tell you about that…

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

    Although I have nothing good to tell you about our public transportation right now, however, you’ll be surprised to hear that while Double Deckers are already running on Lahori roads, we are soon to have ‘the real’ London Cabs in a year’s time. The related aompany will be buying these cabs directly from London Taxi Cabs Company.

    AND, and we are soon to have very first Underground line too! well, that’ll be taking some more years to realize but such projects do take time.

    In short, when you think of a metropolis of 7.2 million people with an historical heritage that many capitals will be envious of, a city termed as Pakistan’s cultural capital, the city of Lively hearts, there’s surely a reason to visit such a place…

  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 12:19 am


    Didn’t I say ‘Power outages are common mostly in Summer’!

    People live without electricity in many villages; You feel the heat when only your air conditioning is not working…

    The only thing I was telling ‘Mo’ that we still are alive so his coming to Pakistan will not be a bad idea. Cool off dude!

  12. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    And, yes, it’s “bloody hell” for I donot have a Generator…

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