NAUNDERO: Electricity load shedding has been officially increased from 10 hours a day to 12 hours since last three days here, causing serious hardships to the traders and rice mill owners who pay millions of rupees monthly bills regularly.
The power outage schedule announced by Power Distribution Company (PDC), Sukkur, and sent to Grid Station Incharge here for strict compliance says that electricity supply shall remain shut in Naundero only daily from 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 9 pm, 11 pm to 1 am, 3 am to 6 am and 10 am to 12 pm. This means that during day time when the traders and labourers come out of their homes to carry out their daily routine works to earn livelihood will be supplied only five hours power and during darkness nothing will be done due to bad law & order situation. This has virtually destroyed daily life here.
Students and others will have to change their daily life. Particularly students will also suffer as they will not be able to fulfill their homework and they will also not get their clothes pressed as per routine.
Power supply is always disconnected 15 to 20 minutes earlier than the scheduled time by the grid station in charge illegally. Due to this cruel decision unrest is widely seen among the citizens here, specially those who pay their monthly bills without any interruption.
Seth Ramesh Lal, Ghulam Hyder Narejo, Sahab Khan Shaikh and others have criticized the new schedule and increase in power outages only for a specific town here as saying that the rulers were taking revenge from the citizens of Benazir Bhutto’s hometown.
They said that rice mill owners had been specially affected very badly as they would not be able to carry on their daily seasonal business where they had invested millions of rupees and clear their monthly bills regularly but despite that they were denied their basic right by the rulers.
They demanded of the federal government to take strict action against PDC for their bias attitude or else they would be forced to again come out on roads for securing their old six to eight hours load shedding as per the existing policy to maintain uniformity in the country.