Load shed­ding con­tin­ues

Pakistan Observer - - OPIN­ION -

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

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