Only days after it was normalised, power cuts exceeding 15 hours have once again brought life to a standstill in Swat, challenging people from all walks of life.
“Power outages have once again made us socially and economically helpless,” said a tailor in Mingora bazaar, Zainul Abadin. He added that his work depended solely on electricity.
“We wait for electricity all day long to compile and file stories to our news agencies but it is frequently not possible due to suspension of electricity.
Despite promises by elected bodies, the problem still persists,” Saeedur Rehman, a local news reporter told The Express Tribune. Neelum Ghafar, a tenth grader, who is sitting for board exams complained about the toll power cuts were taking on her studies.
“We need to work hard day and night but are unable to study due to power outage. We don’t know how to convey our problems to our rulers and elected bodies,” she said.
When contacted, a Wapda official requesting anonymity, said they had no solution. “The schedule for loadshedding is issued from the divisional setup. We only follow orders,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2012.