Federal ministers and other members of the government addressed a press conference in Islamabad on Monday. Qamar Zaman Kaira who is the advisor on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan talked about Loadshedding to reduce the ongoing energy crisis in the country.
He said that an additional 2,000 megawatts could enter the supply grid. As he said it is expected by the end of the week. Which according to his claims will ameliorate the load shedding woes of the country.
He made these claims after a cabinet meeting on “load shedding to reduce”. The statement he passed during addressing the press conference in the capital of the country Islamabad, with other government members.
Qamar Zaman Kaira added that the monsoon rains had improved the flow of the rivers. He further added that it is anticipated that about 2,000 megawatts will be added in the grid stations soon. Country is producing cheaper electricity due to monsoon. By adding up from hydraulic energy, there we can have a significant reduction of the power issues.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the demand is 30,000 megawatts and only 24,000 megawatts are available at this time. This is the major reason for the heightened load shedding in the country. He said that the Prime Minister of the country Shehbaz Sharif firmly instructed with strict orders to reduce it to three hours a day.
Kaira Blames PTI for energy shortage
Qamar Zaman Kaira put the blame on the previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) for the ongoing electricity crisis in the country. Further adding he said that PTI falls short of taking immediate decisions.
He added that the existing demand could not be met even if the country utilized all its various power plants — nuclear, thermal, hydel, wind, and solar.
“The responsibility for this is not on the current government. This [gap] did not appear in two months. This is the negligence that Imran Khan’s government [committed] by not setting up power production plants in his four years and not planning to cater for future demand.”
While Khuram Dastgir, minister of power stated that the Tarbela dam would begin its full power production at 3,500 megawatts in the next four to five days just before Eid-ul-Azha, which according to him would bring a significant reduction in load shedding and power issues.
Dastgir also said that the government was considering a comprehensive policy on solar energy, adding that the focus would be on large-scale plants, as well as supporting small consumers to install small plants.
Further adding he claimed that on Eid the whole nation can expect great relief will be provided as they are also anticipating that the K2 nuclear plant will be operational in the same days and will add 1100 megawatts to the system.
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