The power crisis in the country has intensified due to which the duration of load shedding in cities has reached several hours.
ISLAMABAD: Due to mudslide in Tarbela Dam, power generation was stopped due to which machinery is also likely to be damaged. The power crisis in the country has reached a critical stage. The duration of unannounced load shedding reached 18 hours.
Prolonged unannounced power outages continue across the country, leaving citizens in agony during the scorching heat.
Due to load shedding in different parts of Punjab including Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad, there was a bubble in the city. The power crisis continues in Punjab including Lahore. The shortfall in Lahore Electric Power Company (LESCO) has exceeded 2,000 MW.
Sources in the power division say that at present the total power generation is 19,000 MW. Private sector power plants are generating 13,000 MW while government thermal power plants are generating 2,000 MW of electricity but at present the demand for
electricity in the country has reached 25,000 MW, thus shortening the power generation in the country to 6,000 MW.
The duration of power load-shedding in different areas of Karachi has reached 3 to 10 hours. Power outages are continuing intermittently in North Karachi, Orangi Town, Qasba Colony, Banaras Colony, Frontier Colony, Chawla Market, Nazimabad, Paposh Nagar, Old City Area, and other areas.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also continues to experience unannounced load shedding from time to time. Load shedding of 6 to 8 hours is taking place
in different areas of Peshawar and more than 12 hours in the surrounding areas. Peshawar, Warsak Road, and adjoining areas lose power every hour.
Gulbahar, University Town, Saddar Bazaar, Hayatabad are experiencing 6 to 8 hours of load shedding while Ring Road, Kohat Road, and Sethi Town are experiencing 10 to 12 hours of load shedding.
On the other hand, the citizens of Balochistan are also very worried due to unannounced long load shedding while they are also facing water shortage due to long load shedding.
According to LESCO officials, unannounced load shedding is going on for several hours in cities and villages. Grid stations in Lahore city are overloaded which is causing tripping problems.
Officials say power outages are taking place intermittently throughout the day in many areas of Lahore.
The Ministry of Power said that load shedding has increased in Tarbela due to lack of water, power services, gas, and oil, the situation will improve in the next two to three days.
WAPDA spokesman’s statement:
WAPDA spokesperson said that Tarbela Hydel Power Station has started generating electricity from 2 more units, the production of hydropower will reach about 6,000 MW in pack hours.
On the other hand, according to the Ministry of Energy, Tunnel III of Tarbela has become operational, which is increasing power generation and a shortfall of 593 MW has been recorded.
It may be recalled that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) yesterday took notice of the additional load shedding in the country and summoned
the heads of all electricity distribution companies, including the CEO of K-Electric.
Power officials say the heat has multiplied, but the situation is under control.’
The spokesperson of the Energy Division requested the power consumers to moderate their power consumption.
In a tweet, Energy Minister Hamad Azhar informed the Pakistanis that 70% of the repair and cleaning work of the RLNG terminal will be completed by Saturday, which will significantly reduce power outages.