PESHAWAR – The power outages have increased the demand of power generators in Peshawar and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, following which the prices of generators have also gone up up to 20-30 per cent.
A class IV employ Abdul Wadood told TheNation that he has very small pay, but the power generator is the basic need of these days. He said that he and his family gone spoiled of this huge power load shedding. I kept some money aside, to purchase a generator but the hike in its price, now compelled me to take some loan and buy a 3 KV generator to fight the hot weather.
Another person Shrine Gul belonging to the far-flung rural areas of the province, while conversing to a generator shop keeper said again and again that “I am very poor, not able to afford a generator, but now it became a constraint” and demanded shopkeeper for relief in the price.
Generators shopkeepers in the city said that because of the load shedding the demand of the generator for domestic use increasing, they recalled that in the earlier days the power generators was a luxury and used by the commercial organizations only. But now it became a domestic commodity and it prices increasing day by day.
Riaz Uddin a generator dealer told TheNation, that the demand of generators for domestic use increased by 100 percent in 2011-12. He said in this period the prices of the generator raised Rs. 15000 to Rs. 20000. He informed that Pakistan didn’t manufacture the generator itself. All the revenue of this industry collected to China and Japan. He said the people normally used 3KV and 6KV devices for domestic purposes. The price of the 3 KV is Rs 43000, and 6KV 85000 he added.
A mechanic of power generator said that now we got more work in comparison to past years. But the people demands to repair their tool on urgent basis because of sever heat and load shedding, which is not possible for us.
He told The Nation that all the spare-parts to repair these generators produce locally in Lahore and Faisal Abad; the prices of the spare-parts tool also increase as per increase in its demand.
He illustrated that the low quality generators got faults frequently than the good quality.
He mentioned that domestic used generator is the best remedy to cover the load shedding of duration two hours, but it fails and got technical disabilities on continues running for hours.
In these days of inflation and unemployment, it is difficult for one to feed his household, so keeping generator and fed it with the fuel is an additional headache, the masses pointed out. They appealed the authorities to get rid us of the side effects of the load shedding.