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NEPRA says load shedding will not end by 2020

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ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) revealed on Monday by releasing the State of Industry report that load shedding in the country would not end by 2020, however, it would decrease if all the power projects are completed within their envisaged deadlines.

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According to report, by the end of 2020 country will still face an estimated shortfall of 1,200 megawatts an estimate that has come in spite of repeated claims by the government of successfully countering the power shortage by the end of the decade.

Projects that are currently in-process includes hydel, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar projects plus imports of electricity from Iran and China. Although government has claimed that it had paid Rs 480 billion to independent procedures, generation companies and fuel suppliers to pay off circular debt but the situation is still out of control.

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Nawaz’s government is continuously taking u-turn on the problem of load shedding since the inception of its formation. On December 04, 2013, State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali had claimed that electricity load shedding will end by 2017. On May 07, 2014, Federal Minister of Water and Power, Khawja Asif said that it would not end by 2018. Now, statement from the board of NEPRA is clearly unveiling the performance of government on this crucial issue.

Load Shedding and power blackouts have become severe in Pakistan in recent years. The main problem with Pakistan’s poor power generation is rising political instability, together with rising demands for power and lack of efficiency. Provincial and federal agencies, who are the largest consumers, often do not pay their bills.

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