HAFIZABAD - With the temperature hit 48 centigrade, the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) has increased loadshedding, adding to public woes in the scorching heat wave.

The residents have been suffering sleepless nights in the sweltering heat wave without electricity. They have been making a litany of complaints to the authorities concerned but they were dragging their feet over the matter. The Gepco has increased the loadshedding in rural and urban areas.

On Tuesday, Federal Works Minister Liaquat Abbas Bhatti met with Gepco chief in his office at Gujranwala and directed him to step up efforts to provide relief to the people. He told him the prolonged loadshedding had been causing serious damage to the business as well.

Passenger killed: A passenger died and another 10 including four women were injured after a van, they were travelling in, overturned near Lakrianwla on Pindi Bhattian-Sukheki Road. The driver ran away.

According to police source, a Sukhekke Mandi-bound van, bearing registration LPT-1155, had the accident after its tyre blasted, killing a passenger on the spot and wounding another 10.

The deceased was named as Muhammad Asif. The injured were shifted to hospital.

Inferior material annoys commissioner: Expressing dissatisfaction over the use of substandard material in the reconstruction of Hafizabad-Sukheki Road, Gujranwala Division Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Shaheen has directed the Punjab Highway Department to take stern action against officials and contractors responsible for the crime.

The Provincial Highway Department was tasked with renovating and rehabilitation of the road with the cost of Rs32 million but the contractor used substandard material in connivance with the officers.

He directed the assistant commissioners of Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian to ensure availability of irrigational water at the tail-end of the distributaries and take strict action against the irrigational water pilfers.

The commissioner visited Hafizabad to review arrangements being made by the district administration in connection with the scheduled visit of the CM to Hafizabad on Wednesday (today).

Five flood relief camps set up: The district administration finalised all necessary arrangements for the establishment of five flood relief camps in and around the city to deal with any untoward situation during expected flood.

Moreover, a survey was being carried out, about the populace residing along River Chenab bank.

The district administration asked the people to remain alert in any untoward situation in advance.