Chan­dio ap­peals SC to take suo-moto ac­tion against Wapda

Upto 18 hours load­shed­ding in Sindh on daily ba­sis

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI—Ad­vi­sor to Chief Min­is­ter Sindh for In­for­ma­tion & Archives, Maula Bux Chan­dio has ap­pealed the Supreme Court of Pak­istan (SCP) to take suo­moto ac­tion against Wapda for car­ry­ing out 16 to 18 hours load­shed­ding in Sindh on daily ba­sis, which is vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights.

In a state­ment is­sued here on Sun­day, Maula Bux Chan­dio said that as fed­eral gov­ern­ment has turned deaf ears to the com­plaints about pro­longed and un­bear­able power load shed­ding in Sindh, we ap­peal SCP to take stern ac­tion against the Wapda so that peo­ple can pass their life with­out load­shed­ding mis­eries.

He said that peo­ple needed un­in­ter­rupted elec­tric­ity sup­ply dur­ing Ra­mazan, and on pre and post Eid days; there­fore, Supreme Court’s help is needed in this re­gard as Sindh’s whole pop­u­la­tion is in grip of elec­tric­ity load shed­ding and power fail­ures.

“In ru­ral Sindh, 16 to 18 hours of load shed­ding is be­ing car­ried out by Wapda and its power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies Hesco and Sepco, while peo­ple in towns are also not free from load shed­ding mis­eries as they have been com­pelled to face eight hours of load shed­ding and some times more than it on daily ba­sis, which is not jus­ti­fied; there­fore, it is the need of the hour that apex court may take no­tice of pro­longed power load shed­ding that cause mis­eries to the peo­ple, he said.

Chan­dio said that K-Elec­tric (KE) had also raised power load shed­ding du­ra­tion in across Karachi de­spite preva­lence of Ra­mazan. “The KE is also bent upon send­ing in­flated bills to the peo­ple and dis­con­nect­ing power sup­ply of those who have be­come vic­tim of in­flated bills.”

He warned KE to de­sist from send­ing in­flated bills and car­ry­ing out mas­sive load shed­ding, other­wise stern ac­tion will be taken against it from the author­i­ties con­cerned.

The ad­vi­sor asked peo­ple to file FIRs in po­lice sta­tions if any one of their fam­ily die due to load shed­ding, while com­plaints should also be sub­mit­ted against Wapda and KE for un­jus­ti­fied power load shed­ding, power fail­ures and in­flated bills with fed­eral and Sindh Om­buds­men.

Chan­dio said that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, Wapda and KE had also badly failed to ful­fill their prom­ise of pro­vid­ing re­duced elec­tric­ity load shed­ding to the peo­ple of Sindh dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan, and it is feared that those power en­ti­ties might also carry out load shed­ding on the Eid days.

He said that Wapda had no mercy on the peo­ple of Sindh who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing power load shed­ding amid scorch­ing heat­wave.

“Ow­ing to un­bear­able load shed­ding by Wapda in Sindh, peo­ple are pass­ing sleep­less nights and many have been hos­pi­tal­ized so far,” Chan­dio con­cluded.—Agen­cies

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