10-hour power outages to continue in Ramazan

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LAHORE: Despite making huge payments of billions of rupees under the head of circular debt to power sector and allied companies, the government has failed to reduce intensity of outages in the country during holy month of Ramazan.

It is now official that as many as 10-hour of loadshedding would continue daily across the country during holy month of Ramazan while arrangements have been made for uninterrupted power supply during Iftar, Travih and Sehar only in urban areas, according to new power load management plan.

The load management plan has been prepared under the guidance of federal Ministry of Water and Power and is being implemented by respective power distribution companies in their respective districts from Wednesday evening (July 10, 2013).

It is claimed that two-hour of uninterrupted power supply would be ensured during Sehar in urban areas while one and a half hours of continuous electricity supply would be made during Iftar. Similarly, one-and a half hours of outages-free power supply would be made during Travih.

The industry and other consumer categories would face brunt of loadshedding during Ramzan. Unlike previous arrangements of loadshedding-free mechanism for export-oriented industry, every consumer category will now have to face outages. During evening and night peak load, all textile industry, all independent industry, steel re-rolling and furnace mills would be shut for ten hours in a row.

Other consumer categories including, rural, commercial, tubewell and industrial dominated would be closed down for 10 hours a day in segregation. As far as power generation is concerned, it is estimated that shortfall of at least over one-third of demand would continue to be faced during holy month of Ramzan. This gap between demand and supply of electricity could enhance if mercury level increases due to change in weather. In this scenario, intensity of power outages could be increased.

Meanwhile, the power generation has so far been recorded at 12,400 mw while demand has been registered at nearly 17,000 mw, indicating shortfall of about 4,400mw. During past one month, as per official data of power demand and supply, generation of electricity has been at 12,000 to 12,500 mw mark. This has done despite the fact that federal government paid billions on account of payables to power sector companies. Contrary to expectation, the inflow of billions of rupees to power generation companies could not help increase power generation, even in Ramazan.

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