LAHORE: Pakistan's electricity crisis has worsened. On Wednesday, the power shortage reached 7,000 megawatts.
Unannounced load shedding is occurring in the country every 10-15 hours due to a 7,000MW electricity shortage. Sources in the Power Division claim that the demand for electricity reached 29,000 MW, compared to the 22,000 MW available. Some areas in urban centers and rural areas experienced load-shedding lasting 12 to 14 hours. The public is now experiencing more misery as they are unable to complete their daily chores due to load shedding.
Protests erupted in various cities like Karachi, Karachi, and Peshawar as a result of power load-shedding. Karachi's prolonged power outage has created a law-and-order situation. Residents who were annoyed by unannounced power cuts started to protest in the streets. Lyari, Hijrat Colony, and Sultanabad were some of the most affected areas.
Saddar's Raiders staged a protest against K-Electric's prolonged power outages. Enraged protesters set fire to their electricity bills. Karachi traders spoke out on the occasion and said that despite paying high electricity bills, they faced prolonged power outages which had adversely affected their business.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif suggested Monday that there would be more load-shedding in July due to rising oil prices and other factors. He addressed the Islamabad lawmakers as part of his coalition partners.
In rural areas, the duration of power outages in Peshawar was up to 14 hours. The urban area saw load-shedding lasting up to 18 hours. According to a spokesperson for PESCO, several feeders were being damaged by the heat. According to him, PESCO was receiving the 590MW quota while the city was experiencing forced load shedding of 880MW. Faisalabad's shortfall has reached 1,100 MWs, which has forced the city to undergo unscheduled load shedding.
Residents of Lahore protested in different areas Tuesday due to load-shedding. Dharampura and Johar Town were all affected by the power outage. Angrily angry residents protested against the unannounced load-shedding at Hamdard Chowk and blocked roads with tires. Protesters also shouted slogans against Lahore Electric Supply Company, (LESCO).