BAJAUR AGENCY - Tribesmen of Bajaur tribal region on Monday staged a protest demonstration at Khar against suspension of power supply to the agency and warned of closing all trade centres if power supply was not restored within two days.
Tribal elders, traders of the various trade centres, workers of the different political parties and large number of tribesmen of the different parts of the agency were participated in the protest demonstration. They were holding charts and banners inscribed with slogans against the suspension of power supply to the agency for the last couple of weeks.
Speakers in their speeches have blamed the Tesco for the suspension of power supply in the region and said that the people of the agency were facing a lot of problems due to the unknown longest brake down of power in the entire agency.
“We were given the electricity charges on regular bases according to the role regulation set by the administration but we don’t know that why the power supply to the agency has been disconnected for the last several days,” they said.
The speakers charged the officials of Chakdra gird station for the suspension of power supply in the agency and said that since the appointment of new executive engineer in the chakra grid station the power supply in the agency had been suspended for the last two weeks without any reason. “The plan of the suspended of power supply from the chakdar grid station to the agency was to enforce the tribesmen for giving an extra charges but the people of the agency will never pay any sort of extra charges,” they said .
They also criticized the local administration and the local parliamentarian for done nothing in the solution of power crisis in the agency. “The people of the entire region were facing huge problems and hurdles for the last couple of weeks due to the suspension of power supply but the officials of administration and all the three members of parliament in the agency are quite silent in the issue of suspension of power in the region,” they added.
They said that the local administration and the parliamentarian haven’t interest to solve the basis problems of the people of the region because they enjoying all the facilities.
The speakers urged the governor KPK and Chief of tribal electric supply company to take immediate action over the suspension of power supply in Bajaur agency and restore power supply to the agency immediately.
Meanwhile an official of the Tesco has said that the power supply to Bajaur had been suspended due to over loading in the local grid station and supply will disconnected until the over loading could not reduced.
“We are unable to resume the power supply to Bajaur because the 66kv gird station could not afford the current load, the official added. To a question the official said that the current collection of payment of Bajaur was very low compared to it’s using of electricity adding that the Tesco planning to install meters to its consumers in all the tribal areas.