SUKKUR: The power crisis seems to have worsened in upper Sindh since the Pakistan Peoples Party started its province-wide sit-ins against electricity utilities.
The residents of urban areas are facing up to 10 hours of load-shedding, apart from unannounced power cuts. The situation is worse in rural areas where residents have power supply for only four to five hours a day.
According to power officials in Sukkur, the reason behind the frequent tripping of feeders is that the operation workers are not trimming the trees regularly and they are coming in the way of the conductors. The staff is also not fastening the joints (jumpers) properly which makes the feeders trip.
In other parts of upper Sindh, urban residents are facing 10-hour-long power outages and frequent tripping of feeders while those in rural areas only have electricity for a few hours every day.
Sukkur Electric Power Supply Company's (Sepco) public relations officer, Noor Ahmed Soomro, denied that the power outages increased after the ruling party's protests. Over-loading of feeders is causing the frequent tripping, he said, adding that they are optimistic that the situation will improve soon. "We are getting up to 715MW against out demand of over 1,100MW," he said. "Hopefully, Sepco will be able to provide relief to customers over Eid."
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2014.