The total demand for electricity has surged to 17000MW due to extreme rise in the temperature whereas, around 10,000MW energy is being produced only. The authorities have revealed that government power houses are generating 4000MW power while, 500MW portion of electricity is being added from solar and other sources, but there is no prominent improvement observed in the energy sector.
Officials said the coming days are very crucial as shortfall may fluctuate up to 8000MW with the demand persisting at 22000MW during June-July 2017 whereas the National Power Control Centre has said that the hydro power production has minimized to 2000MW.
On the other hand, the perturbed locals have taken to the streets in Manawan against prolonged load shedding, saying that the urban areas are undergoing 12 hours of power cut whereas rural areas are facing 14 to18 hours of outages amid scorching heat. The protesters said that repeated requests to explain the situation were sent to areas’ water and power secretaries but no step has been taken so far.
Reacting on this intensified situation of load shedding, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif expressed resentment and said that nation’s woes would not be tolerated. He demanded the authorities to utilize all the resources for the eradication of the energy crisis.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zaradri has announced to hold nationwide protest against the worst loadshedding happening in the country. Bilawal Bhutto has said that power cuts have become unbearable for the general masses.
PPP’s protest call came after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced to hold rallies against the same disaster on Thursday and wrote a letter to Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, stating that the ministry has become an example of corruption and incompetence that has resulted in misuse of taxpayer’s money.
“The government has not only misled the citizens of the country but has also added to the mismanagement of the sector. Keeping in view this failure, Abid Sher Ali the State Minister should immediately resign,” the letter stated.
The recent spell of power cut has washed out all the promises made by PML-N with the masses during General Elections in 2013. It was claimed by the party’s leadership that the electricity load shedding would be completely eliminated till the end of 2018. However, it seems that these vows are difficult to be fulfilled in the near future.