QUETTA - A fresh wave of snowfall and rain on Tuesday lashed the provincial capital and northern parts of Balochistan.

The icy Siberian winds paralysed routine life in Quetta while the low gas pressure and loadshedding doubled the miseries of people. The provincial capital witnessed more snowfall which started in the wee hours of Tuesday and continued till evening dropping the mercury to-8C.

According to reports, Kalat, Mastung, Ziarat, Pishin, Tooba Achakzai, Tooba Kakari, Kan Mehtanzai, Khanozai, Qilla Abdullah, Qilla Saifullah, Muslim Bagh. Ziarat received more snow. While Nushki, Dalbandin, Khuzdar, Awaran and other southeran towns received rains.

The traffic between Quetta-Chaman remained suspended at Khojak Pass as it was covered with heavy snow, due to which hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the highway.  Similarly, highways connecting Quetta, Ziarat and Kalat were also blocked because of snowfall.

The constant shortage of gas and loadshedding worsened the situation for the people in freezing cold. 

It may be mentioned here that unidentified people had exploded an 18-inch diameter gas pipeline in Malguzar area of Jaffarabad few days back due to which gas supply to different parts of Balochistan, including the provincial capital was disrupted.

Officials of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) initially said the repair work of damaged pipeline would be completed within three days but repair work could not be started because of security reasons.

The shortage and low gas pressure in Quetta increased the miseries of people.

‘It has become routine on the part of SSGC to cut gas supply to Quetta, whenever, the weather turns harsh in winter’, says Ibrahim Badini, adding, that SSGC had no other excuse except incidents of blasts and security reasons.  Similarly, he said that with the advent of snowfall the loadshedding had been increased manifold creating more difficulties for them. ‘We don’t have other alternate to cope with severe cold that has resulted in their children’s suffering from winter related ailments’.

Meanwhile, dozens of workers of Hazara Democratic Party staged a demo outside the office of SSGC in Quetta against low pressure of gas.

They chanted slogans against SSGC and demanding for immediate restoration of gas in the City. ‘The low gas pressure and loadshedding have made difficult the life. SSGC under pretext of damages to gas pipelines is playing drama but the people could not be befooled any more’, said Agha Hassan Hazara a protester and warned that if gas was not restored the situation would be serious and government would be responsible for it.