PESHAWAR - Dwellers of Gulbahar locality protested against Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) for installation of fast running digital electricity meters and demanded the government to stop its installation.

The protesting residents of Ejazabad and Gulbahar led by local elders and Union Council-11 naib nazim Samin Jan gathered at Sher Shah Suri road outside press club.

Amid chanting slogans against PESCO authorities, the protesting inhabitants were carrying placards and banner inscribed with slogans against the anti-masses policies of PESCO and in favour of their demands. While talking to media, the protesting naib nazim said that PESCO with the assistance of USAID started installation of digital meters that are 35 to 40 per cent fast running than the old meters due to which they complained a huge increase in their monthly utility bills. They said that a consumer of normal house having mere two rooms received more than Rs 15000 monthly utility bill after installation of new digital meters, which they said were beyond their afford. They said that installation of these fast running meters were in violation of consumers’ rights and termed it discrimination and injustice with the poor people. The protesting residents also complained that masses expressed confidence on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the general election in 2013 and gave them mandate, but despite that no relief was given to masses. They demanded of the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to stop the installation of these fast running digital electricity meters, otherwise warned to launch a legal fight against it.