K-P CM Gandapur storms grid station, restores electricity in DI Khan

Ali Amin Gandapur calls on lawmakers to follow suit as CM announces end to load shedding exceeding 12 hours

Our Correspondent June 19, 2024
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur. PHOTO: FILE


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister  Sardar Ali Amin Gandapur led a crowd to a grid station in Dera Ismail Khan where he personally restored electricty, announcing an end to any loadshedding that exceeded 12 hours in the province.

The chief minister was ccompanied by Dera DPO Nasir Mahmood and DSP Adnan, as he visted DI Khan to resolve the ongoing issue of prolonged load shedding, according to Express News.

The visit came amid a dispute between the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments over electricity load shedding, 

The Press Secretary for the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa later confirmed that CM Gandapur has fixed the schedule for load shedding, stating that load shedding will not exceed 12 hours in any area from now on.

The PTI leader called on all parliamentarians in the province to visit their respective grid stations to implement the 12-hour load shedding schedule.

Residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are currently 18-hour load shedding.

The federal government citing 'electricty theft' in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has committed to provide additional supply only in case of theft going down.

Meanwhile PTI MPA Fazal Elahi Rehman also visited the Rahman Baba Grid Station twice and restored electricity to 10 feeders forcibly.

According to PESCO officials, after bringing the feeders to life, Fazal Elahi left, and electricity was cut off again in the morning, but he returned and restored electricity to four more feeders.

According to PESCO officials, in the high-load areas of Fazal Elahi's constituency, load shedding is underway for 16 hours, but where there is no load shedding, load shedding is not being done.

According to PESCO officials, Fazal Elahi's work to reduce load shedding on feeders is ongoing, and legal action is being taken against MPA Fazal Elahi for forcing the feeder to operate.

The Pesco had reportedly lodged an application with local police, who then registered an FIR over the storming of the gridstation but did not included the name of MPA Fazal Elahi.


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