Power crisis cripples life in GB

GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan is among the top regions in the world with potential to generate maximum electricity, yet protests against electricity shortfall have become a routine across GB with some areas facing up to 20 hours of loadshedding.

Farman Karim, a resident of Gojal Valley, said his area had been without electricity for several days as the machinery and water channels for hydropower stations had become outdated.

“The repairing and maintenance of the power stations remain a dream,” he said. According to Karim, frequent power outages have pushed the residents into a dark age where power supply, particularly in winter days, was limited to one out of three days.

Published in Dawn, 26th March, 2018