In a meeting between Prime Minister and Water and Power officials, the prime minister was briefed about the current power outages. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had promised the nation that there would be no load shedding during Sehr, Iftar, and Taraveeh times, but several parts of the country are facing load shedding during those times.
Water and Power Secretary Younas Dagha stated that as result of high demand of electricity, the national grid was failing and “forced load-shedding” had to be enforced. The failure of the Water and Power division to control the situation led to the grilling of secretary Dagha by the Prime Minister.
The demand for electricity had reached 21,000 megawatts, while the grid was producing only 16,000 megawatts. The national grid can produce 23,500 megawatts, but many few large power plants aren’t operational thereby reducing the output to only 17,500 megawatts. Majority of load shedding was experienced by consumers of Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco).
Meanwhile, executives of the state owned energy sector claim that energy management has got worse under the current government. Bill recovery under the previous government was 100% in some areas, while it is 87% percent in the same areas under the current government.