Power shortfall surpasses 5000mw

No loadshedding during Sehr, Iftar

Lahore/Faisalabad

Power shortfall in the country surpassed 5000MW on Monday.According to details, electricity demand has reached 19,600MW whereas the production capacity sustains at 14,300MW. In the aftermath of the current situation, loadshedding duration in rural areas has been extended. On the other hand, power outages in urban areas have become a routine due to repeated occurrence of technical faults.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Water and Supply Ch Abid Sher Ali Monday announced that there would be no loadshedding during Sehr and Iftar while measures would also be taken for better load management especially during Taraveeh and other prayers timings.
Talking to the media persons at FESCO Headquarters, he said that all power distribution companies had been directed to make arrangements for providing uninterrupted electricity supply during Sehr and Iftar.
He said the government was utilizing all available resources for maintenance and improvement of power distribution system. In this connection, Rs 15 billion were being spent on the upgradation of FESCO system, he added. The state minister observed that 4 years back, the rural areas were experiencing 10 or more hours loadshedding daily but now the duration had been reduced up to 4-5 hours daily.
He said the present government had launched a number of projects in energy sector due to which loadshedding would be ended completely from Pakistan by the end of this year, whereas the country would have surplus electricity from next year.—Agencies

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