Load shedding continues
M MURTAZA ZEESHAN With hot and humid weather persisting, load-shedding of electricity continues unabatedly in the urban and rural areas of the Punjab as elsewhere in other parts of the country.
Due to both scheduled load-shedding of electricity as well as frequent power tripping, people in most parts of the country were not able to hear budget speech of the Federal Finance Minister for financial year 2016-17 on June 3 and the people in the Punjab also could not listen to the budget speech of the Provincial Finance Minister in the Provincial Assembly on June 13 even though the worthy Chief Minister/Khadam-e-A’ala Punjab was present making one of his very rare appearances in Provincial legislature.
Contrary to all the announcements of the Federal and Provincial governments from time to time that load-shedding of electricity will end in 2018, the people will continue to face power shortage and outages for many more years to come unless and until the Federal government takes a bold and courageous decision to build much condemned, politicised and criticised Kalabagh Dam which will not only generate 2400 to 3600 megawatt of electricity but also provide a storage of more than 7m acres of feet (MAF) which will benefit all the four Provinces with water for agricultural purposes. Bhasha Diamir dam is no substitute for Kalabagh Dam, to say least. — Lahore