PESHAWAR: The electricity loadshedding and constant power tripping after every few minutes has turned into a law and order issue in the provincial capital and rest of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where people have become violent due to the failure of the government and Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (Pesco) authorities to properly handle the situation.
In Peshawar, the protesters belonging to Dora Road attacked a van of the Pesco Kohat Road sub-division after which a case was registered against a local female councilor and four other persons.
The elders on Saturday averted an armed clash between the villagers of Bahadur Killay and Wakho Pul near Peshawar after they had taken positions with automatic weapons against each other. The dispute centred on the complaint of the Wakho Pul villagers that consumers in Bahadur Killay had caused overloading to the electricity feeder.
One person was killed and another was wounded in firing by the police during protest against loadshedding and tripping on the Kohat Road near Peshawar two years back. Heavy contingents of police were deployed at the gridstations in Hazarkhwani and Said Hassan Pir Road after violent protesters attacked these facilities on a number of times during the past week.
A case was registered against five villagers of Bahadur Killay for getting illegal connection from the Pesco Kohat Road sub-division to further overload the feeder of Garhi Qamardin, Dora Road, Madina Colony and other areas.
The villagers are demanding completion of work on the under-construction additional feeder for the area and to disconnect all the connections taken from the feeder illegally for Naib Khan Garhi, Mariamzai and other areas.
The situation is the same in villages on both sides of the Warsak Road, Bara Road, Charsadda Road and GT Road. “I had to buy generator for Rs180,000 for alternative arrangement. However, the generator does not work due to lack of gas supply during the time of Iftar and Sehr,” said Kausar Khan of Chamkani village.
Violent protests have already been reported in Barizqaan, Yakatoot, Landi Arbab, Landi Akhund Mohammad, Badaber and Gulshan Rahman Colony. The residents of different localities of Peshawar Saddar also took to the streets and staged a violent demonstration near Sunehri Masjid on Sunday afternoon.
There was a massive protest on the Dilazak Road on Sunday night. The people of various localities including Noor Street, Saeedabad, Bilal Town, Amjad Colony, Iqbal Colony, Gulabad, Momin Town, Faisal Colony, Corporation Colony and several other mohallas took out a big procession after the Taraveeh prayers and later a public meeting was held at the Abaseen Chowk near the City Railway Station.
The angry consumers blocked the Dilazak Road at Abaseen Chowk, disrupting the traffic for almost one hour. They raised slogans against the Awami National Party-led provincial government for not finding a solution to the loadshedding and the frequent electricity tripping and low voltage problems.
Residents of the posh Hayatabad town in Peshawar have also complained of frequent tripping. “For the last 10 days or so, the light trips around 30 times every day from 11 pm to 6 am. The situation has damaged the electronic gadgets while the new Pesco management and political leadership of the city are silent,” said Zaib Khan, a resident of Phase-6 Hayatabad.