Protests against power outage

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Lahore—Prolonged loadshedding in Punjab again forced people to come out on streets in protest Sunday. The electricity shortfall has increased to 6500MW forcing power shutdown in many cities. The residents of Lahore burnt tyres on the road during a demonstration against electricity loadshedding while defiant traders blocked main Mall Road. Gujranwala residents after losing their temper came out on to the streets burnt tyres and disrupted traffic on main GT Road. Police resorted to aerial firing and hurled teargas shells to disperse them while the agitators pelted stones. The people of Faisalabad protested in a unique style while dancing to the sounds of a drum as they burnt tyres and blocked the traffic.
President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice of loadshedding and ordered that Rs 152 billion bank guarantee be cleared. According sources President Zardari has directed that payments owed to IPPs, Oil and Gas companies be cleared. Sui Northern Gas has been directed to start gas supply to 10 power plants by stopping it to other industries. The sources further added that by supplying gas to power plants, 4,000 MW could be generated within 24 hours. The President has also made it necessary for all power providers including PEPCO to prepare loadshedding schedule on equity basis.

Ministry of Water and Power has said that crisis of laodshedding would be resolved within 48 hours.

According to official figures, shortfall of electricity is 4500 MW while total production of electricity is 8, 000 while consumptions is 12, 500MW.



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