In the current era of technological advancements, electricity is still considered a blessing in Pakistan. A recent report depicts that the people of Pakistan faced power cuts of up to ten hours on Sunday. The electricity shortfall fluctuated between 5000 and 7000 megawatts (MW) during the day.
With increasing temperature, the demand for electricity in the country is also increasing. Various sources from the Ministry of Water and Power stated that the demand has now touched 20,000 MW, however, the production plants are generating somewhere between 15,400 to 15,700 MW. As a result of the shortfall, Pakistanis have no option but to bear the scorching heat. Moreover, Ramadan is just around the corner and one could only imagine the struggle we all will have to go through during the holy month.
Moreover, several areas in Sindh and south Punjab are experiencing temperature as high as 47 and 48 degree Celsius. What’s interesting here is that on Sunday the demand-supply gap was the highest in the past four years. Nonetheless, the load shedding situation is more or less the same since the last few years.
Different parts of the country experience different durations of load shedding. However, the urban areas generally experience lower length of power cuts, such as 8 hours, compared to the rural areas that experience almost 18 hours.
Ministry sources also reveal that the hydropower plants generate almost 4280 MW for the national grid. On the other hand, public-sector production firms generate around 2877 MW and other independent power producers (IPPs) generate almost 8300 MW.