Power outages sap Pakistan’s productivity

Published: August 10, 2012
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42% employed professional face 4-8 hours of load-shedding at workplace every day. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

42% employed professional face 4-8 hours of load-shedding at workplace every day. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

61% employed respondents report no loss of power at their workplace due to uninterrupted power supply, where as 39% there is an entire power shut down at workplace when load-shedding occurs. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD
64% employed respondents profess significant productivity loss in their work routine due to excessive load-shedding at home, whereas only 8% feel their work productivity isn’t affected by load-shedding. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD
51% working professionals report to have continuous power at office through generators, 24% use both generator and UPS whereas 9% have no back-up power supply to carry out their tasks. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD
Of the employed sector, 37% working professionals do not have any back-up power supply at home, whereas 43% make do with a UPS when load-shedding occurs. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD
42% employed professional face 4-8 hours of load-shedding at workplace every day. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

When the lights go out, so does our productivity.

According to a recent survey by Rozee.pk, 42% of employed professionals in Pakistan face four to eight hours of load-shedding at the workplace every day.

While most offices have back up power, an astonishing 9% of the employed population is left idle with no backup power during the load-shedding hours.

Breakdowns

In the survey conducted between July 4 and 10, 2012, 76% of the respondents said that power outages have significantly increased during the last few months.

The outages are ubiquitous – 41% of the respondents face 8 to 12 hours of load-shedding at home per day while 42% of employed professional face 4 to 8 hours of load-shedding at workplace every day.

Peshawar ranked as the worst city vis-à-vis power outages with 47% of the city’s residents facing load-shedding for more than 12 hours a day. Karachi was least-affected among other cities with almost half the respondents from the city facing between 4 and 8 hours of load-shedding per day.

Back up

To copy with the frequent and chronic outages, Pakistanis resort to UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and generators – 39% of survey’s respondents use UPS, 13% use a generator, and 6% use both. That leaves a whopping 42% of Pakistanis with no back up power facility at home.

At offices though, 51% of working professionals report to have continuous power through generators, 24% use both generator and UPS whereas 9% have no backup power supply to carry out their tasks.

That’s 9% of the employed workforce sitting idle at work everyday when the power goes out, for hours.

Productivity loss

With 8 hours of outages on average at home, and no power back up facility, there is bound to be an impact on productivity.

91% of professionals report productivity losses at the workplace with almost two-thirds of employed respondents professing ‘significant’ productivity loss in their work routine due to excessive load-shedding at home; only 8% feel their work productivity isn’t affected by load-shedding at home.

It also comes as no shock that faced with chronic and persistent load-shedding at home, 67% of the employed sector feels tired and lazy at work the next day.

Who to blame

Almost four-fifths of respondents blamed President Zardari for the load-shedding while 40% of the respondents also blamed the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. A mere 18% blamed themselves. The survey was answered by over 3,000 respondents from 193 cities across Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • jism
    Aug 10, 2012 - 10:41AM

    seems Pakistanis have a new map now, good,keep ingraining false teachings in the younger generation and dream to build a healthy society.
    never ceases to amuse anyone,cannot even paint a proper map and talk about of being pure in mind and thoughts!

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  • Tring Tring Tring
    Aug 10, 2012 - 12:26PM

    @jism:
    This has always been the map. Sorry if it hurts your sentiments dear Indian friend.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 10, 2012 - 12:39PM

    @jism:
    Comment for the sake of comment. No head or tail or relevance to topic.

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  • shadi
    Aug 10, 2012 - 1:11PM

    okay..either i am reading it wrong of maybe by a small chance the map is wrong..there is most definitely more load shedding in Punjab then there is in Karachi.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Aug 10, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Anti people policies of this government have sapped away every thing .We are at the verge of total collapse.Some one save this country.For some obscure reason he is taking revenge to eliminate this country from the map of the world.

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  • Zaeem
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @shadi:
    They have divided Pakistan into four — not by regions but by the amount of load shedding. Read the axis!

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  • Noman
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Thank you Raja Rental !!

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  • load shedding
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:32PM

    there is very little or no load shedding in Karachi compared to other big cities like Lahore And Fasailabad , where there is no electricity for 12 to 14 hours a day . and yes the map is painted quite FOOLISHLY to the least !!

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  • Badr
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Just to clarify the misgivings, the map does NOT signify the geographical areas with different amounts of power outages. The map is actually a graphical representation of the percentage of people who face a particular amount of power shortage – for instance 42% people face 4-8 hrs of power shortage in their workplace (regardless of their geographical location). The map has nothing to do with the information presented – the data could have been presented as a bar chart and still relay the same information.

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  • Haroon
    Aug 10, 2012 - 2:43PM

    This point is very wrong——————-“42% of Pakistanis with no back up power facility at home.”

    Roughly around 80 percent or more don’t have backup power facility.

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  • Hasan Mehmood
    Aug 10, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @shadi:
    I agree wth you. Stayed for a week in JULY in a middle class locality in Karachi. There was hardly 2 hours load shedding in a day.

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 10, 2012 - 3:13PM

    More than twelve hours load shedding happens only in Punjab not in Karachi. So there is something wrong with the map.

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  • Topak Khan
    Aug 10, 2012 - 3:30PM

    The map is misleading, either use it as a map to show peshwar lahore karachi, or use it as a bar chart. You can’t do both with it as people are getting confused.

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  • Mehreen
    Aug 10, 2012 - 3:31PM

    @shadi:
    The map has actually divided Pakistan into FOUR areas by the amount of load shedding. It’s not a division of the regions. 42% of entire Pakistani professionals face power outages for 4-8 hours. 8.8% Pakistanis face more than 12 hours of load shedding–not karachi!

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 4:13PM

    As per our ROZEE.PK Load-shedding survey, 48% employed respondents from Lahore and 45% from Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metropolitan area and 54% from Peshawar face 4-8 hours of load shedding at workplace, whereas 61% employed respondents from Karachi face 2-4 hours of load-shedding at workplace.

    For load-shedding intensity at home, the percentages stand thus:
    Lahore: 52% face 8-12 hours of load-shedding
    Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metropolitan area: 47% face 8-12 hours of load-shedding
    Peshawar: 47% face more than 12 hours of load-shedding
    Karachi: 49% face 4-8 hours of load-shedding

    *The graph depicted above shows a division of Pakistan according to the various hours of power outages, and is not a representative of regions.*

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  • Junaid
    Aug 10, 2012 - 6:06PM

    AWWWWWWWWWW………..and Pakistanis were soo worried about Indian power grid failure…..Recommend

  • Len Aziz
    Aug 10, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Editors, please proof read before publishing. The pie chart shows, 43.22% have No backup power not 37%, and 37.46 have UPS not 43%, as written below the pie chart, this proves the literary ability of so called Pakistani educated class.

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  • Pinto
    Aug 10, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Wrong map. kashmir is an integral part of india.i’m only talking about kashmiri land not those kashmiri Muslims living in the valleyRecommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 10, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Mr Armitage had rightly pointed out that they will bomb us to stone age….they need not bomb us but has successfully pushed us into dark age…..thanks to American hand picked president n the govt allies…..

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  • Khan
    Aug 10, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @Pinto:
    You’re entitled to your own views but that area has been showed as disputed territory and that’s a fact .. you’re free to act like an ostrich.
    Also every land belongs to its native people and they are entitled to live the way they want if majority of population of that area agrees to it. This applies to ANY place in the world be it in India or Pakistan.

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  • Khan
    Aug 10, 2012 - 8:04PM

    @Neutral:
    Mr Armitage denies saying any such thing and I would trust them more than any one from our country any day.

    thanks to American hand picked president n the govt allies

    Yes please blame any one but yourself .. What about those millions of people who voted this government and the president? If you don’t like their policies then instead of just blaming others debate their policies with others so they stop voting these corrupt politicians and please keep some criticism for ex-dictators as well who ruled this country more than politicians but we are always jumping to criticize politicians only. Musharraf didn’t build any dams in his 10 years long tenure either.

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 10:32PM

    So all the protests, rioting and violence in Punjab while Sindh suffers from more load shedding?

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  • Khaksar
    Aug 10, 2012 - 11:07PM

    well…if you did get the statistics for AJK you are in for an embarrasment :)

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Peshawar, and the whole of Pakhtunkhwa producing electricity more then what they need for the whole province. The total need of the province is less then 2000 mega watts, only Turbela is more then 3500 mega watts and then go on to add Warsak and other small power generation projects, yet the suffer the most. Sharing the burden of the nation, this is what is called being patriot in real sense, being real Pakistanis who love the country. Hats off to them, our brothers and sisters.

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  • Aug 10, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Peshawar, and the whole of Pakhtunkhwa producing electricity more then what they need for the whole province. The total need of the province is less then 2000 mega watts, only Turbela is more then 3500 mega watts and then go on to add Warsak and other small power generation projects, yet the suffer the most. Sharing the burden of the nation, this is what is called being patriot in real sense, being real Pakistanis who love the country. Hats off to them, our brothers and sisters

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  • Eissa
    Aug 11, 2012 - 12:17AM

    @Saad A:
    HOW do you assess the demand of power??? Obviously if I am provided with uninterrupted power supply in the price i can afford, that is sure to become my demand. However, if my income doesn’t support it, my demand would be way less.
    Even the aggregate demand curve would not give you an accurate picture because of such inequalities.
    FIRST learn how to QUANTIFY power demand shortage and then congratulate your siblings.
    How did you come up these ‘need’ for electricity. I am interested!

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  • Aug 11, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Article 158 of the constitution ensures no Natural Gas load shedding in Baluchistan since it produces more then the province requirement.

    Section 144 is invoked in Punjab on export of surplus wheat to to other provinces.

    We, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have Hydro electricity production of 17,560 GWh and consume only 8,712 GWh per year (Source GOP, Energy Book 2011). We share our natural resources with whole of Pakistan.

    Pakistan Per Capita consumption of elctricity is 463 KWh (Punjab 493, Baluchistan 407, Sindh 436) with the lowest per capita consumption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of 363 KWh.

    STILL WE HAVE 18 HOURS OF LOAD SHEDDING IN RURAL AREAS AND 12 HOURS IN URBAN AREAS

    Why shouldn’t 100% of the self belittling jokes be shared between the simple Pathans and Sikhs?

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Aug 11, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Despite seeing and knowing all these harsh and bitter facts and realities PPP is still daydreaming,stargazing and predicting to form/make the next government in Pakistan and PPP’s representatives on the news channels are still claiming that PPP as served the country in 4.5 years as the others didn’t and completed record developmental projects in record timings and also claim that PPP believes in the serving the nation in its best form and shall continue to serve the Pakistan and its nation till its last drop of blood according to its best capabilities and abilities and one statement which is always given regularly,id est,”all is well”.

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  • Indian
    Aug 12, 2012 - 9:11AM

    Mirror Mirror on the wall, you are a CIA, RAW and Mossad conspirator against the good image of Pakistan!

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  • proud indian muslim
    Aug 12, 2012 - 7:57PM

    @Junaid: Well said!!!! Pakistanis always try to exaggerate small Indian mistakes… in order to
    lie to their citizens that pak is better than India. Those electric grids were restored in record time.. None of the Pakistani news media reported that how soon the grids were restored.. Eventhough Pakistani media is now stronger than before they still work hard relentlessly to keep their people in absolute darkness. Pun intended: ):)

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  • Aug 13, 2012 - 1:57PM

    @Neutral:
    @Zaeem:
    hah hah haha haha hahah haahh

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