CHITRAL: The consumers of electricity from the flood-
ravaged hydro power station in Reshun of Mastuj tehsil have
reiterated their stance of boycotting the forthcoming census to
start from 25th April if no work is started on the restoration of
the power house by the provincial government.
In a protest meeting held here in the Reshun chowk on Sunday, the
speakers drawn from different areas of tehsil Mastuj said that the
provincial government went back of its words several times and the
consumers are once again skeptic about the commencement of work
which had been reportedly awarded to a contractor by the
Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization.
They said that as many sixteen thousand households were provided by
the 4.2 mega watt hydro power station which was constructed with
the financial assistance of Germany Government and commissioned to
work in 1994 while it stopped working when its generator room was
washed away by the glacial lake outburst flood in 2015.
The speakers Nadir Jang, Haji Bulbul Aman, Ejaz Ahmed and others
said that the government did not pay heed for the restoration of
the power station whose power channel, forebay tank and
transmission lines are still intact and only the generator room is
to be rebuilt.
They regretted that the apathetic attitude of the government has
caused loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer which
the 16 thousand consumers paid in the form of power bills.
They said that despite repeated assurance from the government sides
in the past, no work was started on the restoration and this time
too the PEDO officers came out with the claim of restoring the
facility by hiring a contractor through open bids but no work seems
to be started on the site despite the passage of a couple of
They said that when the frustrated consumers of electricity from
the erstwhile power station came to launch mass agitation against
the government, the rulers pacified them by such lame promises
which never fulfilled.
They said that the people will no more be duped by such false
rhetorics and promises any more as they determined to abstain from
the process of census if their demand is not accepted.