Citizens miserable as power shortfall surges

With a surge in temperatures, the energy crisis has worsened in various parts of Pakistan.

The power shortfall reached 7,468MW on Monday, resulting in up to 10-18 hours of loadshedding in the country.

The shutdown of power plants is being blamed for the shortage of fuel and technical reasons for the shortfall in electricity generation. The total power generation currently stands at 18,031MW, while the demand hovers around 25,500MW. About 3,674 megawatts of electricity are being generated from hydropower, while government power plants are generating only 786MW.

In contrast, private power producers have been contributing 9,526MW of electricity. 

Sources said wind power plants have been producing 487MW, biogas 141MW, solar 104MW, and atomic power plants are producing 3,312 megawatts of electricity currently.

Long and unannounced outages have hit badly hit the masses’ routine life. Rehana Jadoon, a Rawalpindi resident, decried the unannounced load-shedding in the city. 

“They did not even have some regard of the holy month,” said Zubair Ahmed of Gujranwala.

“I don’t understand the scenario. There wasn’t any loadshedding fifteen days ago. There was no shortage of diesel. Where has it gone?” he asked. 

A resident of Karachi, Muhammad Hanif Khan, said due to lesser supply from the national grid, load management was being carried out in his area. Hence, outages of hours are being carried out in his locality. 

As per the Power Division officials, people in urban centres have been suffering from loadshedding for up to 10 hours a day. Moreover, people in rural areas have been suffering for up to 18 hours a day. The power cuts are also observed at the time of Iftari and Sehri. 

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