TIMERGARA: Residents of Osakai, Chekho and Teeso in Adenzai tehsil here on Friday staged a protest rally against power outage and low voltage in front of the Chakdara press club and chanted slogans against the authorities of Pesco for their failure to ensure smooth power supply.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the local administration and police for registering an FIR against the village council nazim Amir Afzal, general councilor Nawab Khan, Sahibullah and Taj Khan for their protest against Pesco the other day. They blocked the Timergara Peshawar road for some time.
Later on speaking at a news conference Amir Afzal, Razi Khan and others said that Pesco officials always stopped power supply to their villages illegally in order to manage overloading. They said the illegal stoppage of electricity had caused acute shortage of drinking water at homes, markets and mosques in the area. They demanded of the Lower dir administration and police high ups to abolish all FIRs lodged against local government representatives who had led power protesters. They also demanded immediate end to prolonged power outage and threatened the people would block the road again if their demands were not met.
Also in the day the PPP naib nazim village council Muhammad Hussain told local journalist that two feeders of the Saddo grid station were overloaded due to which people of Shekolai were facing unscheduled power outage. He demanded separate feeder for his village, saying the grid had the capacity to afford another feeder.
Similarly the PPP district councilor and party spokesman in Lower Dir Alam Zeb complained the Tehsil Municipal Administration Timergara had failed to provide clean drinking water to local population. Talking to local journalists he said the residents of Shangi Payeen, Bala, Naway Kalay, Mian Banda, Hawa Dherai, Chargorai and Koz Kalay were utilizing contaminated water. He said the pipelines of these villages had rusted while drain water stood around the tube wells supplying water to the locality near the Timergara press club. He said that insects had been seen in the water consumed by local people but the TMA had been doing nothing to tackle the problem.