LAHORE- Power crisis in the country has once again intensified as electricity shortfall has now surged over 6,000 Megawatts. According to our sources, demand for electricity by Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) alone has doubled. LESCO Chief, Rao Zamir said his company’s electricity quota is 2,647 MW, while the demand has risen beyond 4700MW. Consequently, the system gets overloaded and they have to resort to power outages.
Currently, 13,000 MW worth of electricity is generated in the country, however demand has now risen to an alarming 19, 000 MW.
Talking about reasons for the shortfall, sources said that financial crunch remained at the heart of the current crisis. PEPCO was supposed to pay well over Rs100 billion to IPPs (independent power producers), but could only manage Rs32 billion.