SHANGLA: The residents of Martung tehsil and surrounding localities on Tuesday complained about the suspension of electric supply for two months and demanded its immediate restoration.
Most complaints came from the areas under Kamach, Nasratkhel, Hashamkhel Dab, Kabal Gram and Martung Khas union councils.
The local residents told Dawn that Pesco had disconnected electric supply to different areas of Martung tehsil two months ago and thus, multiplying their misery.
District council member Sultan Nabi said despite donating lands for Tarbela Dam, the people of the area had been denied electricity.
“We are the victims of Tarbela Dam construction but the Pesco authorities are not interested in supplying us electricity without interruption,” he said.
The councillor said despite repeated appeals and protests, the Pesco had yet to restore electricity in the area.
Local notable Shamsur Rehman said a few areas in Martung got electricity for a few hours daily but low voltage damaged freezers, lights, washing machines and other electric appliances.
He said the government should establish a mini power station to the relief of around 20,000 local population.
He said the Sarhad Rural Support Programme had established several mini power stations in different areas of the province but ignored remote areas of Martung tehsil.
Civil society activist Dr Ibadullah said the people were in distress due to the suspension of electric supply, especially when the temperatures were rising.
He said the Pesco should restore electricity and address the low voltage issue without delay.
When contacted, Pesco sub-divisional officer (Puran circle) Salahuddin said not only most residents of Martung and adjoining areas, including Dedal, Kamach, Hashamkhel and Kabalgram didn’t pay electricity bill but they thieved electricity as well by illegal connections. He said the government had decided to disconnect electric supply to all those, who either didn’t pay bills, or stole electricity.
Courtesy : Dawn News