ISLAMABAD: As the country grapples with a power crisis, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given orders to stop load-shedding as of May 1, adding that 20 of the 27 power facilities that had been shut down for a year had been reopened.
The prime minister’s directives were given during an emergency meeting held to address the issue of planned and unplanned load shedding across the country.
Reactivating the power plants, according to the premier, has enhanced electricity generation.
During the discussion, it was revealed that the PTI government had not purchased gasoline for power plants in the previous four years, but that the existing government had obtained the fuel in two weeks, allowing the country to avoid load-shedding by increasing power generation.
During the briefing, it was also reported that the county’s total power output is roughly 18,500MW, with a demand gap of around 500-2,000MW.
Fixing PTI’s faulty policies, says PM Shehbaz Sharif
The current issue of load-shedding in the country, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is due to the PTI government’s policies.
“The PTI administration failed to procure fuel on schedule or maintain power plants. As a result of the current load-shedding, he tweeted.
PM Shehbaz Sharif remembered that PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif had halted the worst load-shedding in five years during his term.
Mian Nawaz Sharif's govt ended the worst load-shedding in 5 years. PTI govt neither purchased fuel in time nor repaired power plants. Hence the current load-shedding. Costly power generation through inefficient plants is costing the people Rs.100 billion/month. We are fixing it.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 25, 2022
He said that the PTI government’s costly electricity generation via inefficient plants was costing the public Rs100 billion per month.
PM Sharif stated that his government is working to resolve the load-shedding issue.