Do more to meet energy requirements
Tnumber HOUGH the government boasts of its efforts to adding a significant
of megawatts to the power grid, the ground realities belies all those claims as domestic as well as industrial sector are still faced with prolonged power outages. Before the advent of holy month of Ramazan, it was announced that no load shedding will be carried out during Sehr and Iftar but much to the annoyance of the public, the commitment has not been fulfilled in letter and in spirit, particularly rural areas which continue to face outages for eighteen hours.
The Ministry of Water and Power revealed figures with pride on Saturday that the total electricity generation has reached to record 17272 megawatt for the first time in the country’s history. While welcoming any improvement in the installed capacity of electricity generation, the latest figures released by the government are not impressive as it has to go a long way to meet not only the current but future power requirements of the country. As the economy has now been put on positive trajectory and investors are turning to investment in different sectors, it is understood that the demand of electricity, which currently stands at 21000 megawatt, would shoot up in the near future. Therefore, the government should demonstrate futuristic approach and execute such projects that could meet power requirements for coming decades. Our land is rich in natural resources like coal and there is also immense potential of hydel as well as wind electricity. Though the government has taken some considerable steps towards exploiting Thar coal yet there is also need to expedite efforts towards exploiting the true hydel potential of the country, thus providing cheap electricity to domestic and industrial consumers. We, therefore, would urge the government to immediately start work on Diamer Basha as well as other multipurpose dams to rid the country of darkness once for all.