EFFICIENCY OF private gang members appointed by Kesco has again come under question as they could not detect an underground cable fault in Phoolbagh division.
As a result, it took more than 80 hours for KESCo officials to repair the fault and restore power supply. Power supply to a several areas belonging to Phoolbagh was snapped on Sunday evening around 5 pm and restored at 1.30 am on Thursday. The KESCo officials had to struggle for more than three days to locate the fault and restore power supply to the affected areas.
The delay in locating the fault had been due to fact that the work was handed over to private gang members of KESCo, who are not efficient enough to deal with such problem.
Since the gang members could not locate the fault, the work was was handed over to the permanent employees of KESCo.
Even the senior Kesco officials were not aware of the underground cable fault at Canal Road. It was when the matter was brought to the notice of general manager (headquarters) PC Chaudhry on Wednesday that senior Kesco management came to know about the fault. The staff members of Phoolbagh division kept the matter under cover till Wednesday morning.
Infuriated at the undue delay in repairing the fault and handing over the task to inept private gang members, the GM headquarters took the staff members of the Phoolbagh division to task and instructed them to press into service permanent staff members of KESCo.
However, it is not for the first time that undue delay has taken place in locating an underground fault due to inefficiency of private gang members. In each of the 15 divisions, KESCo has appointed private gangs to attend complaints and repair technical snags.
These gang members work under a contractor who pays them salary. A senior official of Kesco stated that due to shortage of staff, private gangs were appointed in each division but on several occasions they proved inefficient.
“The gang members are not technically qualified to locate underground cable faults and on several occasions permanent staff of Kesco have been pressed into service to repair a snag,” added the official.