- Despite tall claims of prime minister of zero load shedding at times of Sehar, Aftar and Taraveeh prayers, city sunk into darkness for prolonged hours on first fast of Ramzan
The Pakistan Muslim League-led federal government once again failed to fulfill their promise of riding the masses of load shedding at the time of Sehar, Aftar and Taraveeh prayers.
Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif had ordered the authorities concerned just before the Ramzan began to ensure no load shedding during the time of fast keeping and breaking as well as during Taraveeh prayer.
Domestic consumers in different areas of the city complained about the blackout at the time aforementioned times.
Many areas like China Scheme, Shadbagh, Imamia colony, Islampura, Sandha, Mughalpura, Santhnagar and even posh areas like Johar Town, Wapda Town too suffered from the interrupted power supply.
“There has been no electricity in our locality since the past 8 hours. We have been calling our local WAPDA officials but they are not paying heed to our requests and complaints,” a resident of China Scheme Amir told Pakistan Today
Talking about adverse effect of load shedding on business, Maqsood Butt, a milk shop owner in Shahdrah, told Pakistan Today that during Ramzan the milk business increases manifolds but due to perennial load shedding the milkman were suffering.
“My family is a diehard supporter of PML-N but due to this severe load shedding I am going to change my political inclination in near future,” he added.
As the first fast of the Holy Month began on Friday, a number of mosques across the city too witnessed the bitter taste of load shedding at the time of Friday prayer.
An imam (prayer leader), who leads prayer at a mosque located in Old Anarkali, told the scribe that the mosque administration have arranged pack up power from their own pockets to provide people some relief from the hot weather.
He further claimed that due to load shedding there was no water in the mosque creating difficulties in performing ablution for the worshippers.
INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY DEMAND:
As the month of Ramzan kicked off, the demand of electricity increased significantly in the country.
According to an official of Ministry of Water and Power, the demand-supply gap of electricity surged by 1300 MW due to record high consumption across the country.
The ministry is doing all in its power to ensure the electricity load is not shed at the time of Sehar, Aftar and Taraveeh prayers, the spokesperson of the ministry added.
When contacted, an official of the customer services directorate of Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO) told Pakistan today that the directorate had received a large number of complaints from domestic consumers in last 24 hours. He further claimed that the electricity transformers are unable to bear the load more than their capacity and when the LESCO provides uninterrupted power supply, many transformers and feeders trip.
It is pertinent to mention here the PML-N leadership in its election campaign before coming into government had claimed to end load shedding within 6 months after coming into power.