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Low voltage and load shedding irks tribesmen in Mohmand

Low voltage and load shedding irks tribesmen in Mohmand
June 18, 2017

GHALANAI, 18 June: Over 20 hour daily load shedding and low voltage in Ghalanai and adjoining areas have piled misery for the residents as they have to buy drinking water from private tankers and even they don’t get water for abolition in the days of holy month.
When contacted Ghalanai grid station officials said that they were under verbal orders from their authorities at the Tribal Electric Supply Company (Tesco) to restore power supply from the grid for five to six hours daily and that too in intervals. “We realize the agony of the residents, but we are under strict verbal orders from our higher authorities to resort to load shedding and reduce the expense of units,” said an official of WAPDA Ghalanai.
He also said that they were ordered all the factories of Marble and steels should registered with WAPDA otherwise irregular load shedding will be continued for unknown days.
The WAPDA have given the connections to the Marble steel factories in the different areas of the tribal agency. Due this issue the general public faces problems due to the excessive power outages.
” In a week we got 48 hours power said a resident of the area”. The prolong power outages have also caused acute water shortage and the local tribesmen were compelled to buy drinking water from private tankers on payment” told Mohammad Ayaz Khan.
Urging the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to take action against the Tesco, the President of Awami National Party on Sunday threatened a protest against Tesco officials if the excessive power load shedding and low voltage was not ended immediately in Mohmand tribal region.
In other statement Mohmand Welfare Organization President Mir Afzal Mohmand said that the local grid authorities had unduly subjected the people and traders to over 20-hour load shedding though we are paying our bills in the form of CNIC, domicile and domestic use Materials coming from Peshawar and others areas to Mohmand Agency.

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