Energy crisis in Pakistan reared its head soon after 2005. This was not a violent and sudden rise, but developed gradually with the establishment of new industrial units and its high consumption with population rise as well. It may be noted that during 1990s, only 19 independent power plants were installed. After that no care was paid to this sector. At present, the energy shortfall has reached around 5,000 to 6,000 megawatt. The government has apparently doing virtually nothing to handle the crisis even to provide some respite to consumers. Unfortunately, the neglect has left a bad impact on the industrial sector. There have been since 2005 approximately 1,500 industrial shut downs across the country leading to massive unemployment. This is a direct blow to Pakistans economy. In this backdrop, the government must take sensible measures by reducing the price of electricity. Energy is very essential for development and growth of economy. The rulers of Pakistan should take pragmatic and practical measures to solve this crisis. Their impracticable pledges are of no use. This is time for them to take the following measures:(a) The Iran gas pipeline currently under construction should be completed as soon as possible. (b) The Thar coal reserves estimated to produce electricity for 800 years should be exploited without further delay. (c) All the dams including Kalabagh Dam should be constructed with consensus immediately. (d) The government should reduce electricity prices. (e) The public should be encouraged to use energy savers. INAYATULLAH RUSTAMANI, Dadu, November 9.