Govt to overcome load-shedding by July 15, Musadik Malik

Water shortage in dams, LNG shortage and increased coal prices cause of load-shedding, says minister of petroleum

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Petroleum Minister Musadik Malik has claimed that the electricity load-shedding would be overcome by July 15.

The minister has said that water shortage in dams, LNG shortage in the international market and increases in coal prices have caused the difficult situation.

Speaking on a private TV program, Malik said that instead of 9,500 megawatts, only 5,000 megawatts of energy was being generated.

According to media reports, Pakistan is facing 7,000 megawatts shortfall. The demand for electricity has reached 29,000 megawatts whereas 22,000 megawatts is available in the country.

Due to the huge gap between demand and supply, there has been load-shedding between 6-10 hours in urban areas and 12-14 hours in rural areas.

According to media reports, the worst condition of load-shedding is prevailing in Karachi with prolonged load-shedding.

On Tuesday, there were protests in different areas of Pakistan’s largest metropolis against power outages.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that K-electric was just earning money from Karachi without making any investment for improvement of the system. He also said that people living in rural areas of Sindh were facing far worse conditions of mental torture caused due to load-shedding up to 18 hours.

KE in a statement has put the burden of increased demand on the rising temperature.

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