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Loadshedding surges in Ramazan as shortfall reaches 5,500MW

Electricity shortfall in the country soared to 5,500MW Sunday, once again sparking an acute power crisis while citizens braved scorching summer temperatures on the second day of the holy month of Ramazan.

According to sources, loadshedding also increased as a result of the power breakdown. A spokesman for the Energy Management Cell (EMC) attributed the increase in shortfall to a shortage in the provision of furnace oil to power stations as well as the closure of the Chashma-I and Chashma-II plants.

The spokesman further revealed that PSO had slashed the supply of furnace oil due to non-payment of dues, and added that power stations were currently receiving 20,000 tonnes of furnace oil instead of 38,000 tonnes. This had consequently reduced power production to 12,000MW against a demand of 17,500MW, he explained.

As a result of the acute power shortage, many cities remained in the grip of prolonged and unannounced loadshedding lasting up to 13 hours in cities and 16 hours in the rural areas. — SANA

Our correspondent adds from Lahore: Technical faults at Chashma-I and Chashma-II subsequently leading to their closure Sunday and contributed 650MW in the total energy shortfall, reports confirmed. As a result of prolonged power outages and low natural gas pressure during Sehr and Iftar, many citizens suffered and were unable to perform their rituals.

Lahore Electricity Supply Company (Lesco) officials also continued to disconnect electricity to particular areas at will. Kashif Iqbal, a resident of Samanabad, complained that the supply of electricity to his area was disconnected from 7am to 8am, and then again from 810am to 910am. SNGPL also failed to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted supply of gas to domestic consumers at Sehr and Iftar.

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