Khairpur district’s 2.4m people hit hard by power outages


KHAIRPUR: Despite claims of Naya Pakistan by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Khairpur district’s 2.4 million population is being hit hard by 6 to 18 hours electricity load shedding in 24 hours on daily basis as the authorities have adopted deep silence over this social issue.

The power load shedding up to 18 hours is being carried out in all villages of 86 union councils of the district that include Razi Dero Kacho, Noor Pur, Sagyoon, Ripri, Kamal Dero, Khemtia, Jadowahan and Belharo.

However, at least 6 hours load shedding is carried out in towns including Gambat, Agra, Sobhodero, Ranipur, Padidan, Tando Masti, Khairpur, Mirwah, Kot Diji, Kingri, Sobho Dero, Kot Banglu, Faiz Ganj and Nara.

In these towns, business, education and social activities are badly affected. People pass life in trouble as the towns are warmer than villages. They live in congested houses with no trees and suffer too much due to warm weather. Business as well as social activates are badly affected due to lingering power outages since last 15 years. However, villages have some relief due to more trees.

It seemed that there is no merciful leader, who can resolve this issue. Khairpur is native district of Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who could even not resolve this issue during his chief ministership eras. Neither Nawaz Sharif and PPP government nor PTI government could resolve this issue till today. It seems that they had no responsibility in this regard.

Imran Khan during political campaigns on containers and election drive have made big claims of resolving power outages issue, but there is not progress yet as 6 to 18 hours power outages to hit people hard, making their lives miserable.

Residents of different villages including Razidero, Dilawal and Sitabo said their agriculture depends on tube-wells which needed electricity but due to power outage up to 18 hours, their crops had been affected.

Khairpur district is in Sindh province’s Sukkur Division. As per the latest census, it is the fifth most populated district in the province after four districts of Karachi city, with 2.4 million inhabitants. The headquarters of the district is the city of Khairpur. The district is further divided into eight sub-districts: Khairpur Taluka, Mirwah Taluka, Kot Diji Taluka, Kingri Taluka, Sobho Dero Taluka, Gambat Taluka, Faiz Ganj Taluka and Nara Taluka. Khairpur district has 86 union councils.