BOONI: Despite biting cold weather, people of upper Chitral held a huge protest gathering in Booni today against the unending power crisis in their area even after the commissioning of the Golen Gol hydro power station.
The participants of the public meeting organized under the aegis of Tehreek-Haqooq Awam gave the government Feb 12 deadline to ensure supply of electricity to the area otherwise a protest rally would be taken towards Golen Gol for a sit-in outside the powerhouse.
Representatives from all parts of upper Chitral such as Yarkhun, Laspur, Torkhow, Mulkhow and Booni spoke on the occasion and criticized the government for its discriminatory attitude towards the people of upper Chitral.
They said despite availability of surplus power at Golen Gol, upper Chitral was not being provided electricity by different excuses.
The speakers said WAPDA and PEDO officials were hands in glove in depriving the consumers of upper Chitral of their right to the indigenous power. The two departments had never been serious from day one to resolve the power crisis in upper Chitral. They neither arranged a transformer nor improved the already laid transmission lines to upper Chitral.
As a result of the callous attitude of the power utilities, people from Charun, Booni up to Yarkhun, Torkhow and Mulkhow were without power and there is no one to listen to their issues.