Saturday, March 27, 2010
By By Our Correspondent
AT least eight to 10 hour loadshedding in urban and 12 to 14 hour loadshedding in rural areas is bringing untold misery to the people.
The Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) is shutting down power for as long as 14 hours in a day as shortfall between demand and supply has touched the figure of 5,000MW. Some rural areas in the country are even facing up to 17 hours of loadshedding. A man from Chak Narang, a village on the Rawalpindi-Chakwal Road, told The News on Friday that his village experienced up to 20 hours of loadshedding during since the Thursday night.
Naila Faisal from Jhelum gave the following timings of loadshedding in her city; 10am-11am, 12 noon till 2pm, 4pm-7pm, sometimes 6pm-8pm, 10pm-12am, 3am-4am, and 5am-6am. People from the provincial capital said they were also observing more than 8 hours loadshedding which was a scheduled time given by Pepco for the urban areas.
A woman from Samanabad said her area was suffering badly due to loadshedding of four hours after every one hour. She said their life had become wretched due to power outages. Zoya from Faisal Town, D-Block, said electricity went off after every one hour and no schedule was being followed by the electricity companies.
Speaking to the media at Wapda House on Friday, DG EMC Pepco Muhammad Khalid said the increased loadshedding in the country was due to the load of tube-wells. He said that due to less rains and consequent shortage of water, farmers were compelled to run their tube-wells in order to meet the demand of water for their crops.
Khalid said the National Power Control Centre (NPCC) had been strictly asked by Pepco not to shut down power on emergency basis but it was still doing so in order to save the overall power system of the country. He said the orchards and farmhouses in Balochistan required the maximum electricity in order to save the precious fruit crops so they were being provided power for up to 15 hours.