Says 97% urban, 85% rural areas with zero load shedding at Sehri and Iftari
With the beginning of Ramzan, the Ministry of Water and Power is making all-out efforts to provide maximum relief to the domestic consumers, especially at the Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh timings, despite a heat wave across the country where the mercury sometimes shoots up to 52 degrees.
Official quarters said a rehearsal was conducted from the evening of June 6, 2016 and the Industrial feeders were closed to provide uninterrupted power supply to the domestic consumers. As much as 95% of the urban and 80% of the rural areas were supplied electricity. Similarly at Sehri time on June 7, the percentage of urban areas with electricity was 97% while 85% of urban areas experienced zero load shedding. At Iftari time on the first day of Ramzan (June 7), 96% urban area and 80% of the rural areas were load shedding free.
On Wednesday, at Sehri timing 97% of the urban areas and 90% of the rural areas remained under zero load shedding.
An official statement said there is no unannounced load shedding in the country and Ministry of Water and Power Secretary Mohammad Younus Dagha is personally monitoring the situation at Sehri, Iftari and Taraweeh timings from the monitoring room of the Ministry.
The statement said that the ministry is making all-out efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply to maximum domestic consumers. However, due to sever heat and other technical issues, some faults may occur at local level leading towards temporary disruption of power supply to a particular locality.
The distribution companies (DISCOs) have formed special teams to rectify such faults on emergency basis. The Federal Complaint Cell at the Ministry of Water and Power is also working 24/7 to address consumers’ complaints across the country. Consumers can call on 051-9103888, 051-9206834 and 051-9204430 or may register online complaints on www.mowp.gov.pk.
The statement said that due to unprecedented heat wave in the country, the demand for the electricity has also risen sharply. The Ministry of Water and Power has appealed to the consumers to adopt energy conservation measures and avoid wasting electricity. The Ministry has especially urged the consumers to minimise use of air-conditioners at the time of Sehri and Iftar so that maximum relief can be provided to domestic consumers across the country.