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F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), expressed concerns over unannounced and prolonged electricity loadshedding on industrial and commercial feeders, tripling and low voltage issues and asked the Peshawar Electric Supply company to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industrial units, commercial markets and centres.

In a statement issued here on Friday, SCCI president Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervaiz said that despite electricity supply in sufficient quantum from Wapda to Pesco, the hours-long power outages for industrial and commercial consumers was incomprehensible and unacceptable.

He mentioned the electrical appliance and machines were damaging and broke out owing to power cuts, tripping, voltage fluctuation or low voltage because of which the both industrial and commercial consumers are being faced with huge monetary losses.

SCCI chief stressed the Pesco need to improve and upgrade its power distribution and supply system to overcome the increasing tripping and low voltage issues.

“We had taken issues of power cuts, tripping and low voltage with authorities concerned time and again but not to avail”, he lamented. He said the Pesco apathy toward resolving issues, has multiplied problems of industrial and commercial consumers with each passing day and shown an incompetency and failure of the company.

Maqsood Pervaiz informed the industrial estate was exempted from electricity loadshedding but the Pesco has failed to implement its decision with true letter and spirit and carrying of hour long power outages in industrial zones.

He demanded of the Federal Minsiter for Water and Power, Umar Ayub and Chief Executive, Pesco Engr Muhammad Jabbar Khan to issue directives to ensure smooth and uninterrupted electricity supply to all industrial estates and business/commercial centres, what he said the industries and private businesses are prime source for large number employees and poor workers.

He expressed fear that if the industries were completely shut down it will trigger unemployment in the province.

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