K-P power cuts issue to be taken up with Centre

CM Mahmood Khan to raise the unannounced load-shedding issue with Minister Omar Ayub


Our Correspondent August 21, 2020
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PESHAWAR:

With some parts of the province facing up to 18 hours of power cuts, the provincial government has finally decided to take up the issue of unannounced and long hours load-shedding with federal government.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has summoned a meeting of the top leadership of the provincial government today (Friday), which would discuss the issue of continued long hours electricity load-shedding. Federal Minister for Water and Power Umar Ayub Khan would also attend the meeting.

The meeting would discuss different options to address the issue of power cuts which has badly affected businesses and has made it difficult to run daily domestic affairs in the province.

K-P Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, lawmaker Muhammad Asif, Wasim Hayat and others representatives of the provincial government have also held meetings with the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (Pesco) chief who had assured to address the issue of power cuts.

Last Monday, residents of the Warsik Road area of Peshawar staged a protest against frequent electricity load-shedding.

The protesters said that the excessive power outages had made their lives difficult.

The protesters had asserted that they submitted numerous complaints to the related officials but they remained unheard. The traders of Saddar market had also threatened to block the main thoroughfares of the provincial capital if the issue of power cuts was not addressed immediately.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2020.

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