Farmers protest against GEPCO for inflated bills.
Byline: Hafiz Aziz-ur-Rehman
HAFIZABAD -- The growers of Hafizabad have strongly protested against the issuance of inflated bills and have called upon the authorities to correct their bills otherwise they would be constrained to besiege the office of GEPCO Chief Gujranwala.
Hundreds of growers who were overcharged in the last month's energy bills queued outside the X-en and Revenue Office for the correction and rectification of their bills but returned frustrated.
They said that instead of preventing line losses and pilferage the GEPCO authorities were overcharging smalls growers which are unfortunate. They said that some officers of the X-en Office and Revenue Office were creating hatred against the present government by overcharging small consumers and have called upon higher authorities of GEPCO and WAPDA to take prompt action to relieve the growers from financial contingencies, mental torture and agony.
Meanwhile, local citizens have not yet provided any relief by the department and have further increased the load shedding hours. In some localities the citizens were undergoing ordeal for many days due to burning of transformers.
In the city the electricity went off for more than 12 times during the past 24 hours which made the lives of the citizen'spitiable. The citizens have called upon the authorities to take pity on them to relieve them of the physical and mental agony during this muggy weather by confining to scheduleload shedding.
Similarly, a middle aged man was drowned in the Qadirabad-Balloki Link canal while swimming in the canal.
According to rescue sources, 50-year-old Muhammad Qasim of Toba Tek Singh along with his family members visited Head Sagar for picnic and dived in the canal to beat the heat but was drowned.
After getting information, the Rescue-1122 rushed to the spot and despite six hours frantic efforts the dead body has not yet been recovered.