Saturday, January 28, 2023

Loadshedding to be continued on Eidul Azha

On the occasion of Eidul Azha, the Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir has said that loadshedding will not be completely eliminated, however, the length of time that residents will be without power will be shortened.

During a news conference held today in Gujranwala, Power Minister Khurram Dastgir stated that although loadshedding will not be completely eliminated in time for Eidul Azha, residents will have shorter durations of power outages than in previous years.

He provided the information that the 720-megawatt power plant had been put into operation as of the 29th of June. After the new megaproject is completed and put into service, the problem of power outages will be addressed over the following summer.

According to Dastgir, the power outage occurred because the previous government engaged in criminally negligent behavior by postponing the procurement of fuel. This led to the disaster that occurred. In addition, he mentioned that there was a rise in the cost of coal in comparison to the prior year.

He placed the responsibility on the former prime minister Imran Khan for the obstructions that were placed in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A case was filed with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which delayed the completion of the 1,200-megawatt Trimmu Jhang power project that the government was required to finish in 2020.

On July 30, record demand for electricity of up to 30,000 MW was seen, nevertheless, power-related problems were experienced by home consumers of electricity as a result of the provision of electricity to industries.

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On July 7, according to the federal minister, the Tarbela power plant will begin producing 3,400 megawatts of electricity, which would gradually diminish the threat of loadshedding.

He made the announcement that the electricity source for all government buildings will be converted to solar energy over time. He stated that individuals with annual electricity consumption of fewer than 300 units qualified for discounted prices. According to Dastgir, the government is also attempting to move residential customers to the use of solar electricity.

“We are in the process of developing a complete policy for solar panels. According to the minister, the announcement regarding the solar project will be made by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif the next day.

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