Power shortfall crosses 2,000MW in Punjab: Lesco

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Staff Reporter

Electricity shortfall has crossed 2,000MW across Punjab, said Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) on Friday.

A spokesperson for the Lesco in his statement said that currently, the energy shortfall in the province is recorded at more than 2,000MW and as a result, the urban as well as rural areas of the province are facing unannounced power cuts. “The grid stations in Lahore are overloaded which is resulting in tripping,” the Lesco official said.

According to a private TV channel, citing sources in the power division, said the load-shedding is increasing due to the low level of inflows in Tarbela Dam and no supply of gas and oil to the powerhouses.

They said that the situation will improve in the next two to three days. On Thursday, it was reported that the overall energy shortfall had reached 6000 megawatts in the country.

According to sources, the country had an aggregate power demand for 25,000 megawatts on Thursday, while the overall power supply from various resources was around 19,000MW.

The power outages reached six to eight hours daily in big cities, while small towns and villages are facing up to 10 hours power load-shedding in a day.

A youth died while another sustained serious injuries when they were doing wheelie. Two motorcyclists were doing one-wheeling stunts on Sundar Road in Raiwind when their two-wheeler rammed into a rickshaw.

One of them died on the spot while the other was injured critically, rescue sources said, adding that the injured was shifted to Indus Hospital.

The deceased was identified as Bilal, a resident of Arshad Colony. Police reached the spot and took the body and motorcycle in custody.

Following the reports of deaths in one-wheeling stunts, the authorities imposed a ban on these acts and declared these a crime a few years ago.

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