Dark outages across the country
a few months of relative relief, industrial and domestic con sumers are once again facing the agony of frequent power outages crippling normal business activities. This state of affairs is due to criminal negligence and inefficiency on the part of those who are supposed to perform their duties sincerely and provide uninterrupted supply of electricity to the countrymen.
We wish that the successive governments had devised futuristic policies because it was projected that the country’s power requirements were increasing at 10% on annual basis. Every government in the past only paid attention to keep itself in power through whatever means possible and did not care for keeping the system marching ahead. The bureaucracy which is responsible to plan and execute energy projects did not assert itself and warned the then governments that in the years ahead, the country would be witnessing dark outages because the top heads of Ministries and departments served as ‘yes men’ to save their positions and enjoy the perks and privileges. Had they asserted for the grant of required funds for power generation projects instead of their wastages on unnecessary schemes, the country would not have been in this situation today. Anyhow this government though took certain initiatives and rightly prioritised the issue by retiring the circular debt and launched mega projects but people are getting no relief despite increase in power tariff. It is shameful that a nuclear powered Pakistan is struggling for energy to keep the stoves burning and a few bulbs on. What a pathetic scene?