En­raged pub­lic takes to street against power out­ages

Pesco Chief takes no­tices of load­shed­ding

Pakistan Observer - - NA­TIONAL -

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.—

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