Contrary to the claims made by the government and the Ministry of Water and Power regarding uninterrupted power supply during sehr, iftar and taraweeh, unscheduled power outages at the time of Taraweeh and sehri badly disrupted prayers on the first and second day of Ramazan in Multan.

The power supply in the areas of Sooraj Miani and High Court feeders as well as Writers, Shah Rukan-e-Alam and Gulberg Colonies, Muslim Town, New Multan, Sharif Pura, Samanabad and adjoining areas remained suspended at the time of Sehr, Fajar, Iftar and Taraweeh.

The citizens complained that besides scheduled loadshedding, power supply was suspended by the Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) after every five minutes in the noon. “When we contact Mepco offices concerned, most of the times no one picks the phone. If luckily anyone answers the phone, he gives us a simple answer that the feeder has tripped, so we cannot do anything,” lamented a consumer Arsalan Badozai while talking to The Nation. He added that the power outages rendered citizens almost unable to offer their religious rituals besides adding to the agony already caused to them by the sizzling weather. He said that the unscheduled five minute loadshedding burnt electronic appliances of dozens of citizens, delivering them heavy financial loss.

MEPCO suspends two SDOs: The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) Authority suspended on Tuesday two Sub Divisional Officers (SDOs) on charges of negligence. Mepco sources said that SDO Yazman sub division Shah Zaman and SDO Fort Abbas Zafar Iqbal were suspended. Both the officers are asked to report to the Mepco headquarters.

Meanwhile, SE Operation Mepco Circle Multan Shahid Hameed Chohan has hurled a warning to the SDOs and XENs that strict action will be taken against them if the authority receives complaint that they do not receive calls on the numbers printed on electricity bills. Addressing a meeting of officers from Multan circle, he added that customer services centres (CSCs) had been made active on direction of ministry of water and power where staff was available round the clock to address consumers’ complaints. He directed the XENs of all eight divisions to personally review complaint report in their respective sub divisions on daily basis and take action against negligent officials. He said that special teams had been constituted to catch power pilferers and re-check meter reading which would present their reports on monthly basis.