Prolonged power outages disrupt routine life

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ISLAMABAD: Unannounced and frequent power outages across the Capital, apparently due to gap of power consumption and generation have adversely affected routine life, business activities and the industrial sector in particular.


Massive increase in loadshedding hours in Islamabad has added to woes of ‘poverty-stricken’ masses. The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) is largely drawing citizens’ wrath for ignoring their plights and persisting with continuous power outages, even in the sizzling summer season.


Load shedding hours in many sectors of the capital have been increased to almost up to 16 hours. People grumbled that it had become very hard for them to survive with out electricity as temperature in the city had reached to 44 degree centigrade.


The residents of federal capital, while speaking to this scribe, said they were compelled to spend sleepless nights due to electricity disconnection.


“Last night we were out of electricity for 10 hours besides the scheduled 8 to 12 hours of power outages have become a routine” said different citizens of Islamabad whom Daily Times spoke with.


Load shedding has not only paralysed routine life of people, it has also badly affected industrial and commercial activities, forcing some traders to close down their businesses.


“Words are not suffice to describe pain of people due to prolonged loadshedding coupled with simmering weather and all responsibility lies on IESCO without any doubt,” said Mohammad Ishaq, another resident of the federal capital.


He also complained of water shortage in mosques and houses due to load shedding.


“We are facing problems due to acute shortage of water but whenever we lodge a complaint for water, the CDA officials present an excuse of extensive power disconnection.” He added that load shedding and acute water shortage in hot weather were adding to the miseries of residents.


“I am surprised to see pathetic conditions of load shedding in the business and diplomatic hub of the country.” said Aktar Hussain, an employee of a private company.


The situation was almost the same in Rawalpindi and on Thursday as massive load shedding was witnessed during the night hours.


According to officials, Gaddu power station had tripped on Thursday affecting up to 1300-megawatt power generation.


They said the power supply across the country was 9,500 MW against the demand of 16,500 MW.

Courtesy:  Daily Times

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