LAHORE - The decrease in temperature due to pre-monsoon spell has brought relief to the people across the country by reducing the duration of power outages from 12 to 8 hours in urban areas of the country. However, as per some reports, the duration of loadshedding was more than 12 hours in rural areas and towns of southern Punjab, interior Sindh, Balochistan and some parts of KPK and Balocohistan.

The opposition parties, amid the situation, grilled the government over loadshedding, saying it badly failed to provide some relief to the faithful in the holy month of Ramazan. PTI, PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami, in separate statements, reminded the days to Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif when he had set a protest camp at Minar-e-Pakistan against loadshedding during PPP tenure asking him to re-establish the camp against the central government especially when the massive outages continued even in the holy month.

Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch said that the problem of loadshedding could not be solved without improvement and extension of the transmission system. He said that the total generation capacity of the country was 22,000MW, however, the transmission system could not supply more than 15,000MW. The transmission lines had not been renovated or extended during the last 20 years, he added.

“The assurances of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Ministry of Water and Power to overcome load shedding are hollow,” he held. Besides that, he said, substandard transformers and electricity theft were adding to the problems.

Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, PPP Punjab President, said that people were praying for getting rid of this government because it had miserably failed to control the loadshedding. He recalled that Chief Minister Punjab - also called by the name Khadim-i-Ala - boasted that he would control the loadshedding within months not in years and if he failed to come up to his commitment he would change his name. “Now, Mr Shahbaz Sharif should change his name because loadshedding increased, let alone the control on that,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Water and Power Ministry spokesperson said that all the damage caused to the electricity lines by heavy rain storm had been fully restored and there was no forced loadshedding on any feeder loss across the country on Sunday.

At Sehri time, all the domestic feeders in the country were exempted from loadshedding one hour before and half an hour after as per the schedule, except for the system constraints that existed in very few areas, he added.

“The system is generating an average of 15400MW and it reached 16000MW at peak time.”

Due to effective measures taken for closing the industry at the time of Iftar, Taraweeh and Sehr timings, all the available electricity is being provided to the domestic consumers.

“There are 637,435 transformers at the distribution system across the country expect the Karachi being operated by K-Electric. There may be localised faults or damage for which continuous efforts are being made to attend complaints within shortest time frame,” he added.