The excessive load shedding of electricity has broken the back of the industry and the agriculture sector alike of the country, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo in a statement issued from here today.
He said that the agriculture sector was doubly hit because load shedding of electricity after every hour drastically impaired the tube wells to pump out the water in sufficient quantity to meet irrigation requirements of the farmers besides electricity being so expensive.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo called upon the government to ensure three hours uninterrupted supply of electrify to farmers and industry that would suffice irrigation requirements of the farmers to a large extent and also of the industrial sector. It is a matter of better management of the limited supply of electricity, he added.
He recalled that during the PPP government this arrangement worked very well as it resulted in the optimum utilization of the limited supply of electricity.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo also lamented the government for doing nothing in increasing the generation capacity of electricity in the country adding their hallow claims of controlling load shedding in months had exploded in their face as after the lapse of one and half year nothing had been done in this regard.
He said that the load shedding of electricity had caused decline in textile exports adding Pakistan could not benefit from the European Union’s GSP Plus tariff concessions incurring billions of dollars losses to the economy.
He said that the roads in the province were also in dilapidating condition as no manpower was deploy for the repair and maintenance of the roads of the province. Punjab government spending billions of rupees on one or two projects in mega cities at the expense of the rest of the roads cannot be justified by any measure, he argued.
He demanded that sufficient manpower should be recruited on urgent basis and deployed to maintain, on priority basis, the roads those had been damaged due to the heavy rains during this season.
He said that sewerage system in the rural areas in particular had been totally broken down and regretfully the government was not giving attention to this aspect and the spread of disease at epidemic proportion could not be ruled out. The government should jettison the penny wise pound foolish approach in governance, he urged.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo pointed out that the condition was worse in his own village, Wasawaywale, as the sewerage water had inundated all streets of his village making the life of the residents miserable. The village belongs to the former Chief Minister of Punjab and the President of Punjab PPP adding if it did not catch the attention of the authorities’ one can imagine the plight of other villages in the province, he argued.