PESHAWAR    -   The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) expressed grave concern over the unannounced and excessive electricity load-shedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by Pesha­war Electricity Supply Company (PES­CO) and urged to halt the hours-long load-shedding in the name of load management forthwith. 

While chairing a joint meeting of the industrialists and traders here at the chamber house on Wednesday, SCCI president Hasnain Khurshid said all sectors have adversely been affected by the unannounced and excessive power outages carried out on all sectors by PESCO. Imran Mohmand, senior vice president, Javed Akhtar, vice president of the chamber, industrialists and trade leaders and exporters were also pres­ent in the meeting. 

Mr Khurshid said that industrial and commercial activities were turned standstill owing to an unsmooth sup­ply of electricity. It is making it difficult to run multiple industries and busi­nesses due to excessive power outag­es, he added. 

The SCCI chief said that the country’s economy is currently passing through a difficult phase of history, and multiplying the miseries of businessmen in the pre­vailing circumstances is tantamount to further pushing the country’s economy towards a complete collapse, he added. 

Electricity is being utilized in in­dustries as raw material, he said and warned if electricity wouldn’t availa­ble to industries, then it would bring further negative impacts on the local economy, exports and businesses.