Anti power breakdown protests in Gitch, Punial

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Anayat Baig Alvi

PUNIAL: Protesters in Gitch blocked the Ghizar while protesting against absence of electricity in the area. Even Chief Secretary GB’s vehicle was stopped by the protesters. The only transformer of Gitch had burnt due to short circuit about two weeks ago and the responsible department has failed to repair or replace the machine.

People of the village informed the relevant authorities about the power crisis but there demands fell on deaf ears. In retaliation, the frustrated village youth staged a protest demonstration, blocking the Ghizar road for all types of traffic.

“We demand two new transformers from the district administration”, said a leader of the village youth organization. “If our demands are not fulfilled and if we do not get electricity, we will again block the road”, he threatened.

Reacting to the protest, the relevant authorities repaired the transformer on teh same day and supply of electricity was resumed.   The villagers are now demanding for two new transformers as promised at the day of protest.

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