PESHAWAR - Hundreds of people belonging to various localities in the provincial metropolis on Monday took out protest rallies against excessive and unscheduled power outages and frequent trapping.
Residents of Tarojabba, Lala Kaley and Akrapura areas, located in between Peshawar and district Nowshehra took to roads to protest against the PESCO authorities for prolonged power outages.
The protestors led by local elders blocked the main GT Road for all kind of vehicular traffic and chanted their full-throated slogans against WAPDA and attacked PESCO officials.
The enraged people entered the office of PESCO located in WAPDA Colony while breaking the gate and smashed the computers and other valuable devices and set official record on fire.
The WAPDA and security staff managed to flee from the office, whereas the protestors were free to ransack the official records and luggage.
The protesters mostly belonging to district Nowshera also raised slogans against Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak.
The demonstrators were of the view that their area received electricity only for four hours in the holy month of Ramazan.
Meanwhile, heavy contingent of police also reached the scene during the protest but the enraged protestors were not in their control. The protesting villagers later dispersed on the assurance of police officials to take up the issue with the authorities concerned.
PESCO CHIEF APPRISED OF
EXCESSIVE OUTAGES
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan called on PESCO Chief Hasan Fazil at WAPDA House Peshawar on Monday and apprised him of the concerns of the people regarding unscheduled and excessive loadshedding in Malakand Division especially in Dir District.
Inayatullah made it clear to PESCO chief that like Hazara Division, the consumers in Malakand Division also regularly pay electricity bills and no cases of power theft are reported there but loadshedding of long duration and voltage fluctuations have become routine matter that must be checked properly.
The minister asked for drastic decrease in loadshedding in Malakand Division. He also directed to complete all ongoing electricity distribution schemes in time as well as expediting work on Chakdara Grid Station. The PESCO chief assured the minister that loadshedding in Malakand would be reduced to minimal level. Similarly, he assured for expediting work on Chakdara Grid Station and all other power supply schemes in the area to provide prompt relief to the consumers.
Meanwhile, Senior Minister Inayatullah Khan while expressing deep sorrow over immense heat wave in the province especially in Peshawar has directed for declaring emergency in the hospitals to treat the victims of heatstroke.
He also expressed grief and shock over loss of precious human lives due to immense heatstroke in various localities and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved and affected families. However, he also asked the people to come out of homes with full preparation and adopt all precautionary measures to avoid exposure to sunlight. He also directed the health officials all over the province for red alert to cope with eventualities due to heatstroke.