The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has accused the government of failing to resolve a days-long power cut in the central province of Isparta, pointing to the privatisation of electricity suppliers and badly-maintained roads.
People’s Republican Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Sunday took to Twitter to blast Ankara over the some 20,000 households remaining in the dark for four days in the province.
“The people are in state of misery due to an incompetent administration,’’ the CHP leader said. “The reason for the scandal is the privatization of electricity suppliers and roads. We are going to submit a motion for an investigation and they [the government] are going to downvote it.’’
Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez blamed heavy snow for the black-out on Saturday, which he said had caused disruptions to the electricity grid.
Initially 113,236 users were left without electricity, the official said, adding that units were working in the field to restore energy to the remaining 20,000 users, who remained affected by the outage as of Saturday evening.
Dönmez on Sunday asked the residents for their forgiveness over the outage.
“We thank you for your understanding and patience, forgive us, you have been left without energy for a few days,’’ Diken news site cited the energy minister as saying.
Some 500 personnel, over 200 vehicles and 30 generators were involved in efforts to solve the problem, in which “all [government] means are being employed,’’ he added.