Protest against pro­longed load­shed­ding

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

SWAT—The peo­ple of Swat and Ko­hat on Sun­day staged a protest demon­stra­tion against pro­longed power load shed­ding caus­ing se­vere prob­lems to the res­i­dents dur­ing Sehr and If­tar.

Power cri­sis has be­come more worsen in district Swat as du­ra­tion of load shed­ding in ru­ral ar­eas spread to 20 hours and while ur­ban ar­eas are fac­ing 16 hours load shed­ding.

The mas­sive power load shed­ding has ren­dered in­dus­tries and busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties closed while wa­ter scarcity has also hit the district. The load shed­ding has made the lives of the peo­ple mis­er­able as due to low volt­age the tube-wells of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment have went out of or­der and peo­ple have to fetch wa­ter from far-flung ar­eas. Mean­while, the res­i­dents of Saidu Sharif, Swat took streets to protest worst power load shed­ding. The pro­tes­tors led by district coun­cilor, Mian Gul Amirzeb Shehryar and tehsil coun­cilor, Dr Khalid Mehmood blocked the road in front of the ca­su­alty of Saidu Sharif Hospi­tal for all kind of ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

Ad­dress­ing the pro­tes­tors, the speak­ers said that Saidu Sharif has its own sep­a­rate sta­tus as im­por­tant di­vi­sional head­quar­ters and hos­pi­tals are sit­u­ated in the area. He said that the link­age of the area with ru­ral area like Marghuzar is in­jus­tice.

They said that the change of the feeder has re­sulted in ini­ti­at­ing worst elec­tric­ity load shed­ding in all mo­hal­las in­clud­ing Miangano Cham, Rore Cham, Haji Abad and Sha­heen Abad, which could not be ac­cepted at any cost. They warned that if the prob­lem was not re­solved then they will not be re­mained peace­ful.

Later, Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer (EXN) WAPDA along with heavy con­tin­gent of po­lice ar­rived on the spot and en­tered into ne­go­ti­a­tions with the pro­tes­tors. The protesters later dis­persed peace­fully.—SABAH

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