Unannounced load-shedding of electricity has badly disrupted routine life and businesses with people linked to the small industry facing serious economic hardships.
Due to the continuous disruption of power supply, the operations of tube wells in the city and Cantonment areas have been affected, creating a short supply of water for the residents of the city and Cantonment areas.
The civic bodies said frequent power cuts and low voltage forced tubewell operators to shut down the machinery to save them from developing faults.
Power cuts and unannounced load-shedding every two hours have become a routine in the city, exacerbating the woes of the students. The power disruption has also badly affected the working routine in government and private offices.
The power cuts have also badly affected the water supply situation in the city and owing to the non-operation of tube wells, filtration plants have dried up. Due to the continuous disruption of power supply, the operations of tube wells in the city and Cantonment areas have been affected, creating a short supply of water for the residents.
Owing to the power outages, Rawalpindi city and Cantonment areas have been facing severe water shortages and citizens were forced to fetch drinking water from far away locations.
The unannounced load-shedding has badly affected routine life and businesses in the garrison city. Hospitals and other vital service providers are also bearing the brunt of the power cuts and the IESCO has failed to update consumers about the power outages.
The citizens said that in the current weak economic conditions, the routine life and businesses have come to a standstill and the government should immediately ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
Ali Ahmed, a resident of Sadar, said that frequent outages have affected their daily routine and due to the load-shedding, they were also facing water shortage as the area tube wells remained closed.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2023.
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