MULTAN: Multan chamber of commerce and industry (MCCI) president Malik Asrar Ahmed Awan has strongly criticised continuous unannounced power cuts in the Sialkot district.
Awan said that prolonged power cuts were severely affecting businesses in the district. “People should be given some relaxation, at least during the Sehri and Iftar time in this holy month,” he said. The MCCI president said that continuous power cuts were wreaking havoc in the lives of the districts’ residents, “it isn’t just affecting businesses but social activities too.
There seems to be no respite from the power cuts and with the floods we expected at least this problem to have been lessened but the duration of the power cuts has only increased,” he said.
Awan said that despite repeated promises by the government, the power cuts continue unabated in the district. Awan said that the water and power development authority (WAPDA) had been neglecting the export hub of the country.
“They are treating us like this is a rural area and is of no importance to the country,” he said, adding that the duration of power cuts was longer than other cities of the country.
Awan demanded that the president, prime minister and federal minister for power reduce the duration of power cuts in the city so that the people could get some relief.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2010.