Prolonged power outages exacerbate people’s misery

Prolonged power outages exacerbate people’s misery

Prolonged load-shedding and high temperatures wreaked havoc on people’s lives on Friday, with an electricity shortfall of 5,018 megawatts.

With rising fuel prices, most people found using gasoline and diesel generators difficult. As if inflation wasn’t enough of a burden to meet people’s daily needs, the government raised fuel prices by up to Rs30 per litre on Thursday to meet the International Monetary Fund’s condition for releasing the $1 billion loan tranche.

Staying indoors on a hot day was no longer an option for Karachi residents as they attempted to beat the heat at Sea View. Several families were spotted swimming in the sea, while others sat on the benches, enjoying the breeze.

Lahore’s situation was no different. Youth were swimming in canals while families flocked to parks and green spaces.

Load-shedding in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi lasted up to eight hours.

According to the Power Division, the country was producing 19,982MW against a total demand of 25,000MW, with load-shedding lasting six to eight hours.

According to The Express Tribune, hydropower sources currently generate 5,262MW, while government thermal plants generate 1,317MW. They also stated that nuclear power plants produced 2,280MW of electricity, wind power plants produced 1,011MW, biogas power plants produced 149MW, and solar power plants produced nothing.

The total output of private sector power plants, according to sources, was 9,963MW. However, while the country struggled to meet its power needs, load-shedding lasting six to eight hours per day continued in various parts of the country, making people’s lives miserable.

According to the sources, the duration of load-shedding was longer in areas with high power losses, implying that people in those cities avoid paying inflated bills because they are struggling to make ends meet.

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