LAHORE In a desperate move to counter increasing pressure over power outages, provincial and the federal government have decided to inaugurate Bhikki Power Plant that is under construction and is not ready to begin operations.
Reportedly, the authorities have agreed to have the project inaugurated on April 20.
A turbine of the plant is around 82 percent near completion while the other would add 750 Mega Watt to the national grid which is not going to relieve rural and urban areas of prolonged hours of outages owing to high shortfall.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered authorities concerned to take steps on emergency basis and reduce power outages.
Unannounced power outages have increased across the country as the shortfall has surpassed an alarming 7,000MW. Demand has hit 17,000MW while the national grid has 10,000MW to supply.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Miniser of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif had vowed in General Elections 2013 to end outages during their tenure. On numerous occassion, the two leaders claimed to be putting measures in line to curb the crisis by 2018.
Asif Ali Zardari, former president and Co-Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party said in an interview, exclusive to Dunya News, that it was impossible for the leaders to curb energy crisis. It was not possible for them, he asserted.
Reports published earlier this year state that the plant would be producing 1,180MW at its highest potential. Meanwhile, according to National Power Control Centre, the hydro power production has minimized to 2000MW.