Tempers run short as power shortfall reaches 7,000 MW

  • Prolonged power load shedding resulting in acute water shortage and power cuts during sehr, iftar and taraveeh timings in the scorching heat has infuriated citizens
  • State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali accepts government’s failure to curb power cuts during Ramazan

Unscheduled and excessive power load shedding is making life difficult for people as the electricity shortfall crossed 7,000 megawatts on Sunday.

According to a report, urban areas have to bear load shedding of 10 to 12 hours a day whereas in rural areas it ranges from 12 to 14 hours.

The scorching summer heat is making life difficult for those observing fasts in the month of Ramazan.

State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has admitted the government’s failure to uphold its pledge to control power cuts during the Ramazan as power cuts are also occurring during sehr, iftar, and taraveeh timings in some areas.

Prolonged load shedding is causing severe inconveniences. People are furious at the routine shutdowns and are demanding an immediate end to the ongoing load shedding which has crippled routine life.

Increased power outages with the rise in mercury, has made life miserable for the citizens of Lahore.

According to reports, Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO) has been unable to procure transformers since June 2013 for various reasons.

According to reports, the company has virtually run out of transformers and has been unable or unwilling to get the burnt-out transformers repaired, turning the situation critical.

Excessive and unannounced load shedding is being observed in areas of Lahore where burnt transformers have not been repaired. Citizens in Rawalpindi and Islamabad are also facing more than 18 hours of loadshedding a day, whereas in rural areas, people have to face between 20 to 22 hours of power cuts a day.

Quetta and Multan are also suffering prolonged power outages in the rising temperature.

The power crisis has caused an acute water shortage in different parts of Pakistan.