ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar announced on Monday that loadshedding will be restricted to eight hours in urban areas and 12 hours in the rural areas of the country starting June 18.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the minister expressed hope that the situation will improve soon as a result of the steps taken by the government. The elimination of unscheduled loadshedding is priority of the government, he added.
He further stated that presently the electricity generation is 10,500MW while the demand is 17,500MW. “We are taking steps to enhance production to overcome the power crisis in the country. Water flow in Tarbela will improve during the next few days which would help increase the generation by 1,000MW.”
Commenting on the ongoing violent protests across the country, Mukhtar said that the damage to property in Punjab during protests against loadshedding is a loss to the nation. He vowed action will be taken against those causing loss to national assets and properties according to the law.
He said that additional gas and furnace oil supplies are being provided to power units to generate more electricity, and hoped that loadshedding will be reduced substantially in the next three months.
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