SYLHET, Aug 17 (UNB): The people of the district are experiencing severe load shedding of electricity as one-third of the total demand is being supplied from the national grid.
Sources said that the city dwellers are experiencing 10 to 12 hours load shedding and 15 to 16 hours in rural areas under the Rural Electrification Board every day.
Outraged by the severe load shedding, rallies and demonstrations continue every day, which sometimes lead to clashes and conflicts with the officers and employees of the power department.
Dwellers of South Surma have been staging demonstrations during the last few days demanding uninterrupted power supply in the town.
Agitated power subscribers swooped on the Kadamtali Power Office and ransacked it Tuesday. Six employees were injured during the unrest.
The power hungry people brought out a procession in Kamalganj in Mulvibazar district Monday protesting the continued load shedding.
In Biswanath Upazila headquarters of Sylhet, power subscribers' gheraoed the local Palli Bidyut office for one hour after staging demonstration in the town Tuesday.
Power officials said one-third of the demand is being supplied from the national grid resulting in the severe load shedding in the district.
According to the sources, highest 50 MW power is being supplied every day from the national grid against the demand of 130 MW in the city and 12 Upazilas of the district.
Though 180 MW power is supplied to the national grid from the three power units of the district, the residents are being deprived of the electricity.
Some 20 MW electricity from Kumergaon unit is being supplied to national grid while 90 MW from Fenchuganj unit and 70 MW from Shahjibazar unit.
Local leaders urged the authority concerned to take necessary steps to ensure smooth power supply in the district without further delay.