So I moved into our new home before we had government electricity. That was an adventure.
We passed the Baladiyia/muscat municipality test for having proper wiring so why did we not have gov. electricity, you might wonder?
Well, after finishing up with the Baladiyia we went over to muscat electricty...where they told us there is no room on our street's (or connecting streets) electricity poles and power sheds... as the neighborhood is currently over-developed for what they expected. We need not fear however... we just had to apply for a new pole and box or power shed (according to an engineer's recomendation).
This is because, obviously, there is no courdination between the housing ministry and the electricity and baladiyia. Why on earth a land can be divided for development without roads, sidewalk, water, and electricity being taken into consideration, I have no idea. City planning isn't overly successful in Oman. It is one of the few things I envy UAE for....
Anyways... so yeah, we are told, asking for a new pole/or shed takes four months (IF) we let muscat electricity do the back and forth bureaucracy of running between all the required ministries to get the paperwork done to allow said pole/power shed. We could however, do it ourselves and get it passed in two weeks.
Everything in construction in oman is "two weeks" inshaallah, so, we thought, another month maybe. Late as we were (and I couldn't pay two rents on maternity leave, so there I was moving and cleaning all super duper pregnant) we got a generator that could only power a fridge, and two acs, and some lights, and moved. We of course, got to see, all the stuff our contractor screwed up (that's a post for another day).
So we got all the paperwork done and got permission for a power shed (awesome, since this hook up would cost less than any neighboring poles----which in total ran over 1000 rial for cable and installation and cost to muscat elecricity). However.... there was one catch. The engineering company that does the final approval? Their contract with muscat electricity had just ended. So we were waiting now for the new contract to be assigned. That would take.... six months maybe!!!!!
Omigosh I was so mad.
So we went again to muscat electricity to ask another engineer to approve our wiring for hook up. This engineer said there was space on the neighboring pole.
End of story, we are now hooked up. It was not that hard (-1000 omr of course). However, apparently one of my neighbors is a wannabe real estate developer and has some wasta over at the electricity place, and our first engineer was helping him out by having us apply for the power shed since our land needs to give permission or something? Anyways... So that's how we got off generator power.
We still do not have working light everywhere;) but we'll get that done in two weeks.... inshaAllah;).