LAHORE- Unscheduled and excessive load shedding is making life difficult for people as the electricity shortfall has crossed 7000 MW today.

With the mercury upsurging towards 40 degrees Celsius, the ghost of unannounced and unremitting load shedding is haunting Ramazan observers. The urban areas continue to bear with load shedding between 10 to 12 hours a day whereas in rural areas it ranges from 12 to 14 hours, a private television channel reported today. The scorching heat of the summers is making life difficult for the fast observers. The State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has admitted government’s failure in controlling the power cuts as promised during the month of Ramazan.

Worsening the situation further, in some areas, the load shedding is being observed during Iftar, Sehar and Taraweeh timings. Prolonged load shedding is causing severe inconveniences. People are furious at the routine shutdowns and are demanding an immediate end to the ongoing load shedding which has crippled the routine life. The citizens of Lahore are facing a glaring situation as power outages have increased due to an increase in temperature, making life and business miserable. According to media reports, Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO) has been unable to procure transformers since June last year for various reasons.

Moreover, the company has virtually run out of transformers and has been unable or unwilling to get repaired the burnt-out transformers, turning the situation critical. Excessive and unannounced load shedding is being observed in areas of Lahore where burnt transformers have not been repaired. Citizens in Rawalpindi and Islamabad are also facing more than 18 hours of load shedding in cities and between 20 to 22 hours in rural areas thus making their lives miserable. Quetta and Multan too are suffering extensively because of extended power outages in the rising temperature. The power crisis has caused an acute water shortage in different parts of Pakistan.