People suffer as power outages continue unabated

* Citizens complain of water shortage due to load shedding
People suffer as  power outages continue unabated

ISLAMABAD: Long hours of power outages have taken a heavy toll on the residents in federal capital, along with an added misery of water shortage in the winter season.
A minimum of 10 hours of load shedding in the urban and over 12 hours in the rural areas of the city has been taking place in the capital for quite some time, thus triggering anger among citizens, who are fed up with indifferent attitude of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).
Talking to this scribe, a resident of Sector G9/4 complained that long hours of load shedding have become a routine in sector G. “The IESCO has again started power suspension for over 10 hours for last many days, which has created water crisis in the sector” he said, adding that “Everyday outages and low gas pressure led to serious problems for us”.
Faisal Noor, a resident of sector G9/4, said that they were facing 10 to 12 hours power outages in G sector and its adjacent areas.
He said that power outages had generated water crisis in the sector and people had to purchase water tanker at higher rates of Rs1, 000 or Rs1, 200 per tanker.
Due to prolonged load shedding, majority of filtration plants in city were without water as water pumps are not working due to long-hour power outages.
The residents complained that unscheduled and prolonged power outages had disturbed their routine life even in winter. Mairaj Ali, another resident of sector I9, said that whenever he tried to lodge a complaint at the IESCO office, either the landline was found busy or officials did not respond.
Residents of federal capital informed that IESCO earlier issued 8-hour load shedding schedule for a day, but did not hold on it.
Aman Ullah, a resident of Islamabad, said that even IESCO officials were unaware of power outages in their respective areas.
Spokesman of IESCO Fayyaz Ahmed Saddique said authority was well aware of the situation and crisis would be resolved very soon. He also said that company was strictly observing 8-hour load shedding schedule in the city despite hardships.

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