LAHORE  -  The Lahore Electric Supply Company has been carrying out electricity shutdown of three to five hours in urban areas while rural areas are facing electricity loadshedding of more than eight hours, besides frequent tripping and low voltage.

Lesco officials said that it has been facing a shortfall of more than 800MW, besides overloading of grids and transmission system which is the major reason of the hike in duration of power tripping along with cut in hydel power production due to less release of water.

Moreover, they said that at national level, total power shortfall has surged to 2,600MW, as the total demand was around 21,500MW while generation was around 19,000MW, showing a gap of over 2,600MW. The total generation of 21,000MW included 5,800MW (hydel), 1,400MW (GENCOs), 10,400MW (IPPs), 750MW (wind) and 925MW (nuclear) etc. They said, the current electricity shortfall has crossed the edge of 2,000MW as rural and urban areas across the country are facing 3 to 8 hours electricity loadshedding respectively.

Lesco officials said that the suburbs of Okara, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib, which are considered as high loss feeders, are facing more power shutdowns as compared to the urban areas.

Experts have refuted the claims of past government regarding loadshedding, stating that more than 60 percent of the feeders across the province were facing loadshedding.

The citizens of the provincial capital said that they are experiencing unannounced power outages as Lesco failed to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity as promised.