ISLAMABAD - The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Tuesday informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power that loadshedding could not be ended in next seven years as power supply and demand would equal in 2018. The Wapda officials informed the committee that ending of loadshedding is impossible before 2018. The Committee, met under its Chairman Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, discussed the power situation of the country. The committee members showed serious concerns over the rising loadshedding in the country. Apart from the opposition members, the PPP MNAs also blasted the governments policies to overcome loadshedding, as Syed Sajjadul Hassan, PPP MNA, threatened that all the Wapda and Pepco offices in Okara would be torched if loadshedding remain continue and he would lead such demonstrations. The member also showed concerns over the huge power theft on the country and asked the officials of the Wapda and the Pepco to take stern action those who are involve in theft. The Wapda chairman informed the body that funds were available for all projects, including Dia Mir Bhasha Dam. He also apprised the members about the Hydel generation capacity, projects under-construction and cost on generating hydel electricity and time frame required for the completion of various projects. The committee was informed that total demand of the countrys electricity by 2030 would be 130,000MW. The committee was also informed that total power demand of the country is about 17000MW currently. The Wapda is selling electricity to the Pepco for Rs1.5 per unit while the average cost of thermal electricity is Rs10.18 per unit. It was also briefed to the committee that a test study would be conducted before generating electricity from Bhasha Dam. Gilgit-Baltistan has potential to generate electricity from 60,000MW megawatt to 100,000MW. We are endeavouring to bring hydropower production at the level of 50 percent, he said.