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Load shedding in Gilgit

Awami action committee and alliance in G-B gives seven-day ultimatum to end outages

Awami Action Committee (AAC), and alliance of 23 parties in Gilgit-Baltistan, has given the government a seven-day ultimatum to resolve Gilgit-Baltistan’s power crisis. The AAC announced the ultimatum during a rally held on Sunday. Protesters marched from Ghari Bagh to Airport Chowk.

“If the government turns a blind eye to our demand, we will paralyze life in the whole region,” warned by AAC Chairman Advocate Ehsan Ali while talking to a private media on Monday. “Our natural resources remain unused while we suffer due to the government’s inadequacy,” he said. G-B single-handedly can produce 60,000 megawatts of electricity all the way through its renewable energy resources, he added.

About 20 to 22 hours of load-shedding is an average in Gilgit city, the headquarters of Gilgit-Baltistan. The crisis worsens from November to April each year. According to a Public Works department officer, Gilgit-Baltistan’s power requirement is 40 megawatts while only 10 megawatts are generated at Naltar and Kargah power stations.

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