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Khawaja Asif makes an apology over unannounced load shedding

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday expressed regret and sorry for increasing in announced and unannounced load shedding during the Ramadan.

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While addressing to the conference in Islamabad, he revealed that the shortfall of electricity had increased to 7,000 MW. He said that the requirements stand at 19,000 MW while the production stands at 13,000 MW. However, as stated by him, the struggles have been made to cope with the current power crisis and it is expected that the upcoming rainfalls will improve the situation.

He also revealed that as the weather touches the extreme, trips and faults occur in the power plants due to which nine of them have been shut down, as a result of which 1,300 MW supplied to the grid stations, is missing. He said that in order to overcome power theft and reduce line losses, the efforts are being made besides forming up new power generation houses to improve the situation.

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“The PML-N-led government is trying to add 6,000-7,000MW of electricity within next two to three years in the system,” he said.

At this occasion, he appealed the public to cooperate with the government in overcoming the problem by dealing with the electricity economically.

He also justified government’s efforts in ensuring the smooth power supply to the industry during the last seven months in spite of huge shortfall.

On the contrary, as claimed by the public, the government has not fulfilled the promises for reducing the load shedding during the Ramadan as the urban areas have to face 12 to 14 hours of load shedding while in rural areas 18 to 20 hours are noticed.

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