Empty promises: Power outages continue during sehr, iftar

16 to 20 hours of load-shedding reported from many areas of district.


Shamsul Islam July 07, 2014

FAISALABAD: Power outages continue in Faisalabad and its adjoining areas during sehr, iftar and taraweeh timings despite promises of respite made by the government and the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco).

Fesco had set up a complaint cell at its headquarters to deal with load-shedding complaints during sehr and iftar.

Officials had said the Fesco chief executive officer would be available to hear complaints regarding the power outages and take appropriate steps to address consumer complaints on an urgent basis.

However, citizens have said that Fesco has taken no steps to provide succour despite numerous complaints of excessive power outages during sehr and iftar.

Muhammad Arif, a resident of Thikriwala, told The Express Tribune that load-shedding continued during sehr, iftar and taraweeh hours in his locality.

“On Saturday night, there was no electricity in our locality at taraweeh time. Electricity supply only resumed at 11pm in our area. However, the power supply was again disrupted at 11:48pm and we remained without electricity the whole night,” Arif said.

“When I woke up at sehr, there was no electricity and my family prepared food in the dark. We also offered Fajar prayers in the dark...the electricity supply was restored at 9am,” he said.

The continuous load-shedding, coupled with the hot weather, has created several problems for people who fast.

In many areas of Faisalabad region, the duration of power outages was 16 to 20 hours daily. Farmers who rely on electric motors to water their fields have been severely affected by the power outages.

Factories located in the area have also closed down most of the units due to the power outages.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2014.

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