SIALKOT

Federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the government has been making all-out sincere efforts to bring betterment in electricity demand and supply system to bring loadshedding of electricity to minimum possible level during the holy month of Ramazan.

He expressed his optimism that every passing day was taking the country towards the goal of elimination energy crisis, saying the energy crisis would be ended within the next two years.

He stated this while talking to the newsmen here on Sunday.

Kh Asif urged the people not to use air-conditioners (ACs) during prayers timings. “However, they should use ACs during Taraveeh prayers,” he added. He claimed that this direly needed step would help in saving 4,000 to 5,000 megawatts electricity.

The federal minister added that the government was unable to provide electricity to the industrial sector from 7pm to 4am during Ramazan. “In order to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity during Sehr and Iftar, the government has requested that Industry might not operate from 7pm to 4am during Ramazan,” he pointed out, adding that this step was being taken to ensure provision of electricity to people during Sehari and Iftar timings.

He said that the demand for electricity had jumped to 21,000 megawatts across the country with the advent of holy month of Ramazan against the regular demand of 18,000MW while the production of power was 16,000MW.

Kh Asif said that people were protesting against the power outages although a majority of them were not paying their bills since long. “The government would not provide electricity to the areas, which were not paying their electricity bills,” he warned.

He also declared that the areas not paying monthly bills of electricity would face harsh loadshedding of electricity.