Slight dip in shortfall as energy crunch persists


Amid the government’s efforts to plug the power shortfall, a slight reduction in the deficit witnessed on Saturday nonetheless fell short of meeting the leap in demand as sweltering heatwave swept across the country.

The total shortfall which was hovering between 7,000 and 8,500 megawatts for days slumped to 7,700MW — a ‘silver lining’ that means little as power plants remain hobbled by low fuel inventory.

Meanwhile, daily blackouts continued to plunge consumers in many parts of the country into darkness.Sources in the Power Division said that the incomplete restoration of fuel supply failed to yield enough power generation to meet the demands and as a result, unscheduled load-shedding persisted without fail.