Electricity shortfall reaches record level

Dunya News

Government failed to fulfill all claims as the circular debt resurged to 300 billion rupees.

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Power outage debunked government’s hollow claims, breaking all previous records whereas the circular debt resurged to a hefty 300 billion rupees.

Loadshedding schedule issued by the Ministry of Water and Power and distribution companies is confined to papers. The energy deficit has confuted government’s false claims.

The obsolete transmission systems have completely failed to accommodate the increasing energy demands. Lahore among other cities has also been facing the heat of incessant loadshedding. According to the officials of the Central Power control Centre and local distribution companies, the intermittent power supply is carried out in order to save the system from a major breakdown.

There isn’t even a particular time of the day that the locals of Lahore are provided with continuous supply of electricity. In addition to this, technical issues at the Band Road grid station that caused to overload other system have worsened the situation.

In the wake of the circular debt resurging to 3oo billion rupees along with the power shortfall breaking all the prior records, Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Asif has apologized to the nation and pleaded to pray for rain.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif had apologized to the nation for the unscheduled and prolonged hours of loadshedding throughout the country on Monday.
Addressing a joint press conference with State Minister for Water and Power, Asif said that the demand of electricity stood at 19,000MW against the production of 12,000MW. He said the government will have to take immediate measures to stop power theft and line losses to overcome the crisis.
He feared that the nation may have to face the same situation if the weather remains hot and dry for which the government was apologetic. Federal minister said the PML-N-led government was trying to add 6-7,000MW of electricity within two to three years in the system.
He further explained that nine power plants were shutdown due to hot weather because of which 1300MW was not supplied to the grid stations.
During the holy month of Ramazan, the government has failed to keep up with the tall claims pertaining to ‘minimizing power cuts’.
With the mercury up surging towards 40 degrees Celsius, the ghost of unannounced and unremitting loadshedding is haunting Ramazan observers. The urban areas continue to face loadshedding for 12 to 14 hours whereas in rural areas it ranges from 18 to 20 hours, Dunya News reported.