Enraged public takes to street against power outages
Pesco Chief takes notices of loadshedding
PESHAWAR / DI KHAN— Enraged locals on Monday staged protests against prolonged electricity loadshedding in Peshawar and D I Khan. According to details, the villagers took to the streets and blocked Jamil Chowk by burning tyres. The protesters chanted slogans against Water and Power Development Authority ( Wapda) administration.
They said that power outage is on peak as summer season has arrived. They also told the media that they are witnessing power only for four hours. The district representative Arbab Asim also reached the spot and negotiated with the locals but the dem- onstrators refused to reopen the road.
The residents urged the authorities to resolve the matter or else they would continue their protest. A similar protest was stagd in DIKhan where people raised slogans against PEPCO. They ransacked WAPDA office saying that load shedding of 16 to 18 hours was being carried out in the city.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) Peshawar Electric Supply Company ( PESCO) Anwar ul Haq on Monday took serious note of unscheduled and excessive loadshedding and cutting of lines from T- Offs in few areas of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The spokesman of PESCO said that the CEO has warned the concerned officials not to create problems for customers and facilitate them in this hot summer.
He said loadshedding must be carried out according to the formula and given schedule and anyone to be found guilty of increasing the hours of loadshedding or disconnection of power supply from T- off or carrying unscheduled and excessive load shedding would be dealt with iron hands. The CEO said that PESCO Management was trying to carry out loadshedding according to the formula, “where theft is higher, load shedding will be more and where electricity theft is lesser and recovery is better, lesser loadshedding will be carried out there”.
He said that according to formula if line losses on any feeder was less than 20 per cent then the zero load shedding would be observed there, similarly, if line losses are above 70 per cent then upto 18 hours load shedding would be carried in those areas. PESCO chief emphasised upon people to coop- eration with the company and use electricity very carefully.—