State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Wednesday informed the Senate that the menace of power load-shedding would end by 2017-18.
Responding to various reports, the minister said power load-shedding was restricted to six to eight hours in urban and rural areas, respectively, with zero load-management at Sehri, Iftari and Tarveeh. However, the minister conceded that more load-shedding was carried out in areas of high losses.
The minister said since its inception, the government has cleared Rs480 billion in circular debt, resulting in an addition of 1,700MW to the national grid. He said that in past, 18-20 hour load-shedding was being observed in the country, however, in just one year, the government curtailed it to 12 hours.
Abid said the capacity of government-owned power generation plants has also been enhanced to 2,700 MW and currently a record of 16,300MW was being produced. Regarding heavy load-shedding in coastal belt of Sindh, he said that out of total 21 feeders, 16 feeders were running on 90 percent losses.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2015.
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