LAHORE – Irregular water supply has made life miserable in the provincial capital for a couple of weeks.

Out-of-order tubewells and lack of fuel have been rubbing salt into public wounds while the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has been dragging its feet over the matter. Mozang is the worst affected area where the residents have been facing the problems since a month.

Top officials cited unannounced loadshedding as reason for the chaos while their subordinates complained of irregular fuel supply for generators. A tubewell operator, seeking anonymity, said the agency had fallen short of fuel. Moreover, the authorities have not been heeding to repair out-of-order tubewells, leaving people in the lurch, he added. Fuel theft by officials has also been reported in the agency but the high-ups have never bothered to take action against the culprits. When contacted, Wasa Operation DMD Iqtidar Shah said the agency had been receiving complains about irregular supply. However, he claimed that the agency had been looking into the matter.  The DMD said loadshedding had been hampering supply while fuel issue would be resolved in summer. “We will increase fuel supply for the generators in coming,” he added.

About the fuel theft by officials, the department had appointed directors had been tasked to keep check over the problem.

According to him, a strategy was devised after some theft cases surfaced. Under this plan, a team of directors and executive engineers would remain alert round the clock to ensure supply of fuel for generators so that regular water supply could be ensured.

Unscheduled load shedding worsens life: Around 10 to 12 hours of unscheduled electricity load shedding with worst tripping and consecutive long power cuts is badly disrupting the routine life in the City.

Sources said that the national grid was facing 4,000MW shortfall, with countrywide demand of 13,000MW against the total generation of 9,000MW.

Sources claim that Lesco was getting half from its total demand and has no alternate but to conduct 10 hours load shedding at city feeders, adding that the rural limits of the company were under the grip of 14 hours blackouts.  “Power plants of IPPs and Gencos have fuel shortage and generation 30 per cent of their capacity. Major portion of current generation is coming from hydel side,” they said.