People protest lack of electricity in Sulaimani’s Gopala
People protest lack of electricity in Gopala town west of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 23, 2021. Photo by Rzgar Jabar/ Zhyan News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Amid skyrocketing temperatures in the Kurdistan Region, a number of local protested lack of electricity and took to the streets in Gopala area west of Sulaimani on Wednesday (June 23).
“The factories near us have around-the-clock electricity, but we are deprived of it [electricity],” a protester told Zhyan News Network, noting the hours for the provision of the public electricity have decreased for a while.
“The officials in our boundary are negligent of finding a solution to our problems,” another protester said, noting “we will continue to demonstrate and protest unless our demands are met.”
On Tuesday night, a number of locals protested in Barda Qarman area near the same town, stormed the electricity provision station and closed all the factories in the area.
On Sunday, an official said that
electricity generation has declined by 400 megawatts to 3000 megawatts after three gas-fired power plants were out of order in Erbil governorates.
Power cuts are a persistent problem in the Kurdistan Region in spite of promises by the authorities to resolve the issue.
The demands are on the rise during winter and summer as people use electricity to heat or cool themselves.
The government has permitted private generators to fill the shortcomings, doubling peoples’ fees.