Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Minister for Water and Power Wazir Shakeel Saturday said electricity will not be cut during sehri and iftari.
However, contrary to the minister’s claims, several parts of G-B witnessed power outages during these timings. The residential areas of Jutial, Khomer, Manote and Zulfiqar Colony remained in complete darkness between 6pm to 10 pm, and then again at sehri time.
Dozens of people blocked the main highway at Basin, denouncing unannounced load shedding and demanding restoration of power to the region. The magnitude of the demonstration compelled officials of water and power department to reach the spot and assure the protesters of bringing an end to power outages. The protesters dispersed after getting assurance from the authorities.
Shakeel told journalists that the construction of a 10 megawatt power project in Hainzal was necessary to bring an end to the power crisis in Gilgit.
“The government is looking for a donor for the project,” said Shakeel, adding that the government had collected Rs100 million from electricity bills in Skardu which will be spent for repairing power generators and other equipment.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2011.