The area residents said Monday that they had been facing electricity shutdown for the last four day, due to which their routine lives were badly disturbed. They added that businesses of area people were on the verge of destruction as the area was totally deprived of electricity.
When asked for his version on the prevailing crisis, Swat Grid Station In-charge Saif-ur-Rehman bluntly said, “it depends on my own wish whether I provide electricity or not.”
When this correspondent contacted XEN Swat Mohammad Shoaib about the comment of the said in-charge, he remained tight-lipped.
The area people said the frequent suspension of electricity had been damaging their valuable electronic equipments, adding that the people of Swat were up to against a merciless grid station in-charge who claimed that it was his own will whether he supplied light to different feeders, coming within the jurisdiction of Swat Grid Station or not, because he was in-charge.
They said there was a clear evidence that there was already a huge gap between demand and supply of energy and this situation had been for the last three decades.
They added that so far neither the government nor any other major stakeholder took concrete steps to deal with the situation. Record power outages have been noticed in the district Swat, as the electricity had been disappeared for 18 to 21 hours.
The areas of Mingora Fizagat are also confronted with severe problem of water shortage as the low voltage due to suspension of power supply, they said, adding that the tube wells and water pumps were out of order as there had been frequent sudden power breakdown.
They said the area people had been facing acute shortage of water. The residents belonging to various areas of Swat have urged the federal government and the government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to take practical steps to ensure an end to loadshedding in Swat. They requested for termination or transfer of the ‘inhumane’ in-charge of Mingora Grid Station. They said it was totally an injustice with then that an official was imposing his own will, as if he was the enemy of the residents. They said the government should take notice of the issue and ensure that the district was at least being supplied power as it was supplied to other areas.