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Independent power feeders still bracing 10-hrs loadshedding

he independent power feeders supplying electricity to industry are facing power breakdowns of up to 10 hours even when shortfall touches the low level. “The independent feeders linked to industrial units have to face long power cuts of 10 hours though the generation level some times go very high,” observed the PPA former central chairman and spokesperson Abdul Basit. There is no relief to industry which usually gets power supply from PEPCO through independent power feeders and if shortfall is 5,000MW independent feeders face 10 hours loadshedding and if shortfall reduces to 2000MW no relief is passed on to consumers of independent feeders, he added. “The industry was highly optimistic with the success of the PML-N in May 11 elections, as there was a general consensus that the PML-N leadership would easily understand the situation because of its industrial background. And the new government, by clearing circular debt, has tried to reduce power shortfall, but the water and power ministry is not handling the situation wisely. He stressed the need for well-tailored and well thought-out measures to not only generate but also distribute and manage electricity in the country in order to overcome ongoing energy crisis. He said that the industry has been running from pillar to post in search of uninterrupted energy supply for the last five years to keep their operations intact and workers employed. At present, the poultry industry is facing 10 hours a day electricity loadshedding on independent feeders. The Chairman of Big Bird Group of companies claimed that smooth and non-stop electricity supply to farmhouses can reduce chicken prices, as crippling long-hour power loadshedding coupled with humid weather have hit poultry industry hard, thus increasing its cost three times. He said that due to three times hike in cost of production along with unmanageable cooling system at controlled sheds in Sept-Oct, which may perish even the whole poultry stock, almost 30 per cent of farmers have shut their businesses temporarily. This also causes a sharp reduction in poultry stocks, lifting their rates automatically. Strongly protesting against severe power breakdowns of 10 hours, poultry industry stakeholder said poultry sector has to install two types of heavy generators, one operates in the absence of electricity while other standby generator that runs when first one is failed due to sizzling climate. Owing to prolonged power breakdowns, generators also failed to operate and run at maximum 60 per cent of their capacity, costing as high as Rs40 per unit, he claimed.

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