Iesco resorts to loadshedding on pretext of maintenance work

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Rawalpindi The residents of Rawalpindi city and cantonment areas have been facing 7 to 8 hours unscheduled loadshedding for the last one week. While the adjacent localities are facing over 10-hour unscheduled loadshedding.

 

 

The residents of Al-Mumtaz Colony, Adiala Road, Tahli Mohri, Pirwadhai, Dhoke Kalhoor and several other localities are facing worst kind of loadshedding since Saturday.

 

All business activities have suffered a lot owing to long-hour loadshedding. Poor consumers are also facing financial losses because of fluctuation of electricity as light comes and goes in city and cantonment areas.

 

Residents of many localities including Al-Mumtaz Colony, Dhoke Kalhoor, Adiala Road, Bakramandi, Dhoke Syedan, Tahli Mohri, Chaklala Scheme-III, Waris Khan, Mohanpura, Dhoke Ratta, Chur, Dhoke Mangtal, Pirwadhai, Dhoke Munshi, Mohallah Chah Sultan, Asghar Mall, Bagh Sardaran, Kurri Road, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Khanna Dak, Soan, Humak Town, Gulistan Colony and Morgah are witnessing seven to eight hours of power loadshedding daily.

 

Iesco spokesman Muhammad Farooq, when contacted by ‘The News’, said that some of areas are facing long hours of loadshedding owing to maintenance work. Otherwise we are adopting loadshedding schedule for Rawalpindi, which the government has given us. “We have ordered all SDOs to strictly adopt normal loadshedding schedule of three hours in a day,” he said. He said that public should complain to concerned SDO for violation of loadshedding schedule.

‘The News’ learnt that no maintenance work is being carried out in the city and cantonment areas during the current week. The residents also informed that no maintenance work is continue in their areas. The concerned authority is deceiving the public in the guise of ‘maintenance work’ by doing long hours of unscheduled loadshedding, which has crippled the life.

 

A top official of Iesco, requesting anonymity, said that the government has failed to pay some money to the PSO and IPPs to reduce debt. The debt is in billions of rupees, therefore, people are bearing long hours of unscheduled loadshedding even in the cold weather, he said. Majority of power generation projects are closed throughout the country for months due to non-payment. At the start of January, the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and IPPs had demanded money, which the government refused, he said.

 

Talking to ‘The News’ people belonging to different walks of life strongly criticised the government policies and demanded provision of at least basic facilities like electricity, gas, water etc. All Pakistan Traders Association President Shaikh Muhammad Saddique said that all business activities are at halt because of unscheduled loadshedding even in cold weather. What would happen in May, June and July, he asked. “We are paying taxes and all utility bills every month but not getting electricity to earn our bread and butter,” he said.

 

Aijaz Ahmed, a washer man, said that he could not earn enough to run his kitchen because of unscheduled loadshedding. “We are facing some eight-hour loadshedding for the last one week even in normal weather, he said. Mehnaz Begum, a resident of Al-Mumtaz Colony, said that the unscheduled loadshedding has disrupted their routine life because I could not wash or iron clothes adding the government is not ready to resolve the problems.


Courtesy:  The News


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