Root cause of problems; Authorities disconnected from people

Chitral: In previous years when the Golen powerhouse had not been constructed and there was severe shortage of electricity in Chitral, even then, on an occasion like the Shandur festival there would be no loadshedding because VIPs were staying in the? Scouts officer mess, the Governor Cottage etc which was provided electricity through the same source as the common people. Now even though the Golen powerhouse is producing 108 Megawatt of electricity, there is loadshedding regularly and specially at 3 AM every night.

Why is this? This is because now the Scouts Officers Mess and the DC house have their own powerhouse which supplies non stop electricity to them 24 hours a day. The WAPDA officials are not worried of being questioned for not supplying electricity to VIPs as places where the later stay are not dependent on WAPDA. As far as consideration for the elected representatives is concerned it is next to zero. These representatives of the people are no more than turnips in the eyes of the WAPDA officialdom (sorry to say that).

The problem of the people whether it is electricity mismanagement or other affairs concerning welfare of the people can only be solved when the authorities get connected to the people. As long as they are living with their own powerhouses, backup generators, exclusive facilities and special amenities not available to the public, they will never realise the plight of the people they are responsible for. .. CN report, 09 Jul 2019

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