PESHAWAR, 30 April: The power load-shedding duration has reached 20 hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including the provincial metropolis due to which the people are facing many hardships.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali had stated in the National Assembly few days ago that six to eight hours load-shedding was being carried out in urban areas, while eight to 10 hours load-shedding was being carried out in rural areas. However, despite the announcement of the federal government, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) officials are carrying out up to 20 hours load-shedding in rural areas and 10-12 hours power cut in urban areas of KP.

The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) spokesman Shaukat Afzal said KP produces 3,600 megawatts electricity, while its need is 2,000MW. He said excessive load-shedding is being carried out in KP to meet 1,000MW shortfall.

The people of the province said they are unable to decide whether to believe the federal government or WAPDA officials. They demanded the federal government to ensure implementation of its announcement regarding power load-shedding.

“Power supply is being switched off after every hour which has affected our routine work. Businesses at shops have also been affected due to prolonged power cuts,” a citizen told TNN.

“The studies of the students have been affected severely due to load-shedding. Due to outages, water availability problem has been created at homes and mosques. The whole routine of life has been disturbed,” another citizen said.

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