Chitral without power as lines are damaged

CHITRAL, Feb 12: Chitral town is without electricity for the last eight days as power pylons at the Lowari pass were damaged during the recent snowfall. [caption id="attachment_7773" align="alignleft" width="300"]Poles for electricity to Chitral are buried under snow and there is power crisis in the town.--GH farooqui Poles for electricity to Chitral are buried under snow and there is power crisis in the town.–GH Farooqui[/caption] On the other hand, the local power station at Singur is unable to meet the need of the local population and the staff of Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO) deputed there have no other option but to resort to power suspension. Sources told this scribe that there was no progress from the grid station operation (GSO) staff for maintenance and restoring of power supply. Consumers here also complained that there are 28 staff at PESCO Chital who are bound to look after the line from Bakrabad to Seenlasht, only 15 kilometres, but they do not perform their duty honestly. A social worker on condition of anonymity said although there are 28 staff but only eight of them perform their duty and most of them remain absent. He said if PESCO line operation staff performed their duty honestly they can ensure supply of electricity to each area for four hours daily from the local power house. Sources said the PESCO staff removed links of different transformers to disconnect power supply to some particular areas. Social and political circles of Chitral have demanded of high-ups to take action against the PESCO staff.—GH Farooqui]]>

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