By Amjid Ali
Turbat is known, one of the hottest regions in Balochistan province. The area comes in the grip of severe heat beginning the month of April that continues through the month of August.
The people of Turbat endure such a hot climate without electricity for more than 12 hours a day.
People are also complaining that their crops are being destroyed due to extended load-shedding in the district as they are dependent on electricity to water the crops. Lack of rains has already left the canals dry.
Talking to Pak Voices Jan Mohammad, a farmer of district Turbat said, “Our irrigation system is completely dependent on tube wells system nowadays, which run on electricity and if there is no electricity how can we continue our work?”
Turbat along with Gwadar and Panjgur are receiving electricity from neighbouring country Iran and people of the area are of the opinion that the Government could provide the region more megawatts of electricity from Iran. At the moment, Makran is getting 100 megawatts of electricity from Iran which is inadequate.
Kamal Murad, a shopkeeper from Turbat city said, “Our business has been badly hit owing to hours of load shedding as our meat, fish and fruits stored in refrigerators are rotting due to electricity load shedding.”
A few days ago a large number of people staged a protest demonstration against WAPDA officials in Turbat.
Talking to Pak Voices one of the high officials of WAPDA in district Turbat Superintendent Engineer Circle Level Abdul Karim Memon said, “The electricity being provided to the region is inadequate and we have no option but to resort to load shedding.”
Amjad Ali is working with Pak Voices as a citizen journalist from Turbat city.