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Loadshedding, sizzling sun keep govt on tenterhooks

Loadshedding, sizzling sun keep govt on tenterhooks
May 4, 2018
KARACHI (92 News) – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his aides are facing a major challenge – to curb power outages as rapid rise in temperature results in increased loadshedding hours in different parts of the country. Ahead of the upcoming elections, the federal authorities are now reviewing the strategy to minimize loadshedding hours even in areas that have been witnessing high line losses. Not long ago, the federal government ran advertisements in the media, claiming credit for not only ending loadshedding, but also producing surplus power. PM Abbasi had also reiterated on different public occasions that the federal government ensured ‘zero loadshedding’ across the country. Unannounced loadshedding also continued to trouble citizens in Karachi as outages hit several areas on Friday. Power supply to cities different areas including Gulshan-e-Muammar, Purana Golimar, North Karachi, Sarjani, Baldia, Korangi, Landhi and Malir remained suspended for up to 12 to 16 hours. The unannounced loadshedding disturbed residents, forcing them to stay up till late night. Not only are the citizens deprived of water, but those who have to go to office, school and college in the morning are also disturbed. Earlier on May 01, a spokesman of the Power Division informed that 1,200 megawatts (MW) of electricity had disappeared from the national grid owing to tripping of power lines of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC). The spokesman stated that the power plants affected by the tripping include plants one to four of the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant. He added that three LNG plants Haveli, Bhikki and Baloki with a combined production capacity of 3,600 MW, are also not operating due to testing. He assured that Chashma’s plants one and two could be operational by evening whereas restoring the other two will take time. The Neelum-Jhelum Power Plant is also in a testing phase at present, he informed. Power distributors will thus be carrying out load-shedding to cater to the loss of electricity, he said, adding that outages will take place keeping in mind high and low loss areas.