KASUR - Prolonged and unscheduled power outages coupled with water shortage have crippled life in Kasur district. People, victim of the miserable circumstances, are unable to heave a sigh of relief as practical steps to overcome the crisis have been neglected by the Lesco.

According to the report of a survey, people of Kasur have been reeling under shocks from prolonged power outages . During the survey, residents of different localities including Bagri, Bhala, Nathay Wala, Sheikh Ammad, Bahadurpura and Nizampura told The Nation that the Lesco is conducting 12-hour power loadshedding in urban areas.

“The situation in rural areas is worst where electricity remains suspended for 14 hours,” they said. They added that the outages have adversely hit students, employees, traders and labour class of the district. “Students and the government employees are unable to carry out their study and official work while the trading community has become unable to fulfill market demands which has left a number of labourers jobless,” they said. They regretted power cuts have also created scarcity of water and people are unable to carry out routine works at homes. People, even at mosques, do not find enough water for ablution, they complained. They demanded the government take effective steps to resolve their problems.

RURAL AREAS’ UPLIFT PLEDGED

Rural areas need special attention of the government as they are backbone of the economy of Pakistan which is largely based on agriculture. This was stated by District Council Chairman Rana Sikandar Hayat Khan during an address to a meeting held in connection with reviewing the steps being taken under Chief Minister’s Clean Village Programme. Sikandar Hayat said every union council is to be provided Rs100,000 under the programme for removing heaps of garbage. “Cash prize worth Rs5 million would be awarded to the union council that would show best performance,” he informed. Similarly, Rs3 million and Rs1.5 million cash prizes would be awarded respectively to the union councils that would stand second and third by performance, he added.

Lawyers thrash Lesco SDO, staff

Lawyers thrashed Lesco officials in Kot Radha Kishan. Police sources told The Nation that Lesco Revenue Officer Rana Abdul Wahid came to a local court where an argument occurred between him and a lawyer, Akram Khan. Abdul Wahid called Lesco sub divisional officer Manzoor Ahmed and other staff to court but they were all beaten by lawyers. Police are investigating the incident.

TWO KILLED: A woman committed suicide while a man was killed separately in a road accident here the other day, according to police.

A woman committed suicide by taking poisonous pills over domestic issue at Gidhpur village. Zubairan Bibi had developed differences with her husband and there occurred argument between the two every other day. Yesterday, she argued with her husband and in-laws as usual and took wheat-preservative pills.

Her condition deteriorated and she died. Chunian Saddr police are investigating.

In another incident, a man was killed while his wife and two children were injured after the motorbike they were travelling on collided with a coaster van on Ferozepur Road near Kasur Bypass. The deceased was identified as Rafiq of Theng Jattan, Chunian. He was on the way to Lahore along with his wife and two sons - Irfan (14) and Usman (8) - on a motorbike when the incident occurred. The injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital. Kasur Saddr police are investigating.

Dacoits take away

cash, valuables

Dacoits and thieves took away cash and other valuables in two different hits here the other day. According to police, unidentified thief stole a motorbike of Aneesul Haq parked outside the house in Radan Gujjar village. In another incident, dacoits snatched Rs8,000 and a cellphone from tractor-trolley driver Saleem in Khuddian Khas area. Police are investigating.