PM Shehbaz Sharif orders end to loadshedding from May 1

Prime minister informed 20 out of 27 non-functional power plants made operational: Shehbaz directs for stern action against those involved in artificial diesel shortage

By: News Desk
Published: 12:54 PM, 26 Apr, 2022
PM Shehbaz Sharif orders end to loadshedding from May 1
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired Tuesday an emergency meeting over power outages in the country, directing the authorities concerned to end power loadshedding in the country from May 1.

The 24NewsHD TV channel reported that the prime minister during the meeting was briefed about the electricity production, supply and consumption and also a comprehensive strategy for ending the power loadshedding in the country.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and PML-N leaders including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Musaddiq Malik also attended the meeting.

It was briefed during the meeting that Shehbaz Sharif, after becoming the prime minister, was informed about the 27 power plants that had been lying closed for more than a year due to lack of fuel and other technical glitches, and he had ordered to make those power plants operational immediately.

The meeting was also informed that 20, out of those 27 power plants, have been made operational which has increased the production of electricity.

“The previous government did not buy fuel for power plants in four years. The current government not only managed fuel in two weeks, but loadshedding is also being dealt with by increasing power generation from these power plants,” the prime minister was briefed during the meeting.

“The total power generation in the country is about 18,500 MW. Depending on the demand, the power shortfall is 500 MW to 2000 MW,” the meeting was told.

During the briefing, the lack of timely supply of fuel by the previous government for running the power plant was termed the main reason for loadshedding.

Criminal negligence in timely repair and maintenance of power plants was dubbed another cause of loadshedding.

The prime minister was also briefed in detail about the loss-making feeders of the power distribution companies.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif issued instructions to end loadshedding from May 1 by resolving all issues by April 30, adding that the public could not be bothered by power outages in the summer.

The prime minister also directed the authorities concerned to establish an integrated and sustainable fuel system and devise a plan for the next summer.

The prime minister also called for a long-term effective plan to fix the high-loss feeders of power distribution companies.

He also took a strict notice on the complaint of artificial shortage of diesel during the harvesting season, asking the officials concerned to identify the perpetrators and take immediate and stern action against them.

He ordered an uninterrupted supply of diesel to the farmers to operate their agricultural machinery, adding: “The district administration in rural areas should ensure that farmers do not face any difficulty in obtaining diesel.”

It is to be noted here that power outages are being carried out after every one and two hours in different small and big cities of the country in the ongoing holy month of Ramazan.

It is learnt that Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta are adversely affected by the power loadshedding.

The duration of daily power loadshedding in Karachi has reportedly reached 10 hours.

Students are reported to be the worst victim of the loadshedding as they find it difficult to carry out their studies amid prolonged power outages while fasting.

Reporter: Awais Kiyani