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As the country experiences heatwave-like conditions due to the electricity crisis, the population are in panic.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, the nation’s overall energy needs are 28,500 megawatts, but it only generates about 20,000 megawatts, as reported by Geo TV.

Most of the country had temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which increased the need for electricity for cooling. As a result, the demand for power increased while the supply remained stagnant.

Whether it is the summer months when demand is at its highest or the low-demand winter months, the misery of the people of Pakistan never ceases.

According to sources, according to Geo TV, “They are deprived of power supply on one account or another, whether it is a so-called load management plan, approved shutdowns, technical power failures, or intense voltage fluctuations leading to brownouts.”

Massive nightly load-shedding, a relatively recent phenomena, has made the already miserable lives of many people who have experienced traumatic power outages much worse. Under these covert actions by the energy industry, there have never been more nighttime outages.

According to Geo Tv, quoting The News International, load shedding is now occurring for up to three to six hours a day in urban areas, as opposed to one to two hours between seven pm and five am previously.

In contrast, there will be an outage of up to four hours every day as announced. The federal power minister, though, sees things differently when it comes to supply and demand in the nation.

Khurram Dastagir, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Power, reportedly stated on Saturday that only 3% of feeders in the country’s power grid experience daily power interruptions longer than four hours, excluding K-Electric because it is a privatised company.

According to the minister, a new national record of 30,089 megawatts of electricity demand was reached on June 23. He asserted that as many as 92 percent of feeders nationwide experienced load shedding for no more than three hours each day.

The data provided by the minister, however, did not include power outages caused by equipment malfunctions or system overloads because it was restricted to the much-heralded load management plan, according to Geo TV.

People’s issues with brittle power transmission and distribution infrastructure are much worse and more excruciating than what the administration suggested.

Additionally, Lahore Electric Power Company (LESCO), the capital of Punjab, is experiencing a shortage of 1,000 megawatts; the sources told Geo TV that the gap between supply and demand is 5,700 megawatts.


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