File Photo: Angry protesters blocked road against the unannounced load shedding in Quetta: Photo taken from social media

Manan Mandokhail: 

QUETTA: In a show of collective dissatisfaction, citizens in Quetta rallied against additional charges in their gas bills, leading to a temporary blockade of Samungli Road in front of the gas office. The protesters demanded the withdrawal of the extra charges, citing a decision by the High Court of Balochistan.

The citizens argue that the gas bills, imposing hefty fines, are in direct violation of the court’s ruling. Despite the severe cold affecting most areas of Quetta, residents have been grappling with insufficient gas pressure, further exacerbating their difficulties.

Controversial Charges Must Be Withdrawn

Determined to have their voices heard, the protestors vowed not to reopen Samungli Road for traffic until the controversial charges were withdrawn. The blockade resulted in significant traffic disruptions, with hundreds of vehicles stranded on both sides.

In response to the escalating situation, gas authorities assured the citizens that steps would be taken to address the gas pressure issues in Quetta. Furthermore, they pledged to communicate with the head office to find a permanent solution to the contentious additional charges.

Protesters Call For An End To Gas Load Shedding

After these assurances, the citizens, hoping for a resolution to their concerns, decided to restore the flow of traffic on Samungli Road. The incident underscores the pressing need for a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the ongoing challenges faced by the residents of Quetta concerning both gas pressure and billing issues. The gas authorities’ commitment to engaging with the head office offers a glimmer of hope for a constructive dialogue and a potential resolution to the citizens’ grievances.

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