CM leads protest rallyJuly 15, 2014
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reacting to the hours long unscheduled power cuts has given one week deadline for improvement of the system otherwise will withdraw security from Wapda installations and bring the people on roads against the power company across the province. The deadline was announced by the KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while speaking at a protest sit in premises of Wapda House here on Wednesday.
Earlier, the CM led a rally from main gate of Karnal Sher Khan Stadium to the Wapda House wherein ministers, MNAs, MPAs, traders community and workers of the coalition partners participated. The protestors were holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for an end to the load shedding.
The Chief Minister said that centre had forced the provincial government to take some drastic steps for its rights because the power supply was suspended from 18 to20 hours. “If Punjab can suspend supply for wheat other provinces then we can also stop electricity supply from our province to Punjab.
We cannot accept the pretext that power supply system is fragile and cannot sustain the load because it is duty of the federal government to approve Rs3 billion for improvement of the system and install new grid stations to resolve the issue once for all,” the CM said.
Pervez Khattak said that Wapda should provide 2000 megawatt electricity to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying that present by the province was getting only 1300 megawatt that is much meagre needs of its people while its industrial base is already destroyed. “If the federal government is unable to run the affairs of power supply then it should handover the Peshawar Electric Supply Company to KP government and the provincial government would supply the electricity round the clock at Rs4 per unit,” he said.
The KP province, he said had all kinds of natural resources, particularly the natural gas, petroleum products and could easily produce hydel power but the centre was not cooperating with it. He said most of the industrial units were closed and the domestic consumers were also facing serious problems as new gas connections were not given to them because the entire supply was given to Punjab’s industries.
Mr Khattak said that centre had to pay Rs135 billions to KP but in connection with the net hydel power it had so far given only Rs6 billion while it was bound to pay at least Rs50 billion annually, saying that Mian Nawaz Sharif was posing as if he was a prime minister of only Punjab province.
Condemning the behaviour of state Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, the Chief Minister said that the minister was in the habit to use very derogatory language by calling them as power thieves and every time on his visit to KP issued orders for increasing the duration of load shedding to infuriate the Pakhtuns.
“The system cannot be improved unless strict action is taken against the corrupt line staff, Water officers and the corrupt ministers, who are responsible for the power crisis and teasing the nation,” the CM said.
KP province, he said had the capacity to generate 50000 megawatt electricity if the entire system was given to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led govt of KP.
The federal government, he said had no planning to overcome the increasing unemployment, lawlessness and on the other hand it was getting new foreign loans at the cost of national interests. He said that the federal government had come as result of rigging and PTI had decided to unveil the real face of the government on August 14.