Do more to meet en­ergy re­quire­ments

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

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.

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