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Peshawarites block roads to protest excessive power cuts

Peshawarites block roads to protest excessive power cuts

PESHAWAR: The people from different areas of the provincial capital on Saturday staged rallies and blocked roads against the prolonged power outages.

The largest rally was taken out jointly by the residents of Garhi Baghwana, Garhi Faizullah, Qari Qila, Urmar Bala and Garhi Chandan villages.

Led by local government representatives, the protesters also staged a sit-in on the Service Road near Gulbahar area shouting slogans against the Peshawar Electric Supply Company and federal government.

On the occasion, village council nazim Iqbal Hussain said power supply had been suspended in many areas of the region for one week to the agitation of local residents.

He warned if smooth power supply wasn’t ensured, villagers, including women and children, would march on the Wapda House.

“In case any untoward incident happens, only the federal government and Pesco will be responsible for it,” he said.

The nazim later told reporters that the Pesco supplied electricity to the areas on the outskirts of Peshawar for a short time in 24 hours.

He said the excessive loadshedding had caused acute shortage of drinking water forcing people to fetch water faraway areas.

The nazim said the SDO of Rehman Baba sub-division had promised early corrective measures but the promise turned out to be false.

Also in the day, residents of Wahid Garhi and adjacent localities blocked the Charsadda Road suspending traffic. They however dispersed peacefully at the request of local police.

Meanwhile, the people of Wazir Bagh sub-division, Aasia Gate and City Circular Road complained about low voltage in the area for more than three weeks and said their repeated requests to the Pesco for rectification of a fault on the transmission line had fallen on deaf ears.

When contacted, Pesco director general (public relations) Shaukat Afzal said line losses on the feeders supplying electricity to the areas, which had witnessed protests, had reached 71 per cent.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2016

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