Its well over the 2 years since the so called Pakistan Peoples Party is power but they came up with lack of policy making skills in every aspect. Same is the condition of electricity. I am safe to say that the power production capabilities of country decreased over the last years instead of increasing. As dawn reports current capability of country’s power production just hangs on 11,725 megawatts which seems less then the capability we had earlier, clearly more than 12000 megawatts for sure. The current requirement varies around the 16,662 megawatts. Which means that the demand and supply gap is still 5000 megawatts.
Either its non functional power plants or reasons are no matter what, the thing is that current administration have failed to power the country. That is not all, the real insult to injury comes in when we recall their promises of ending the load shedding on first Dec 2008 then June 2009 and then the last unfulfilled promise of making this happen on end of Dec 2009.
Their claims were clear lies and that is testified by the current figures. Put the issue of ending load-shedding on side, figures tell us that government didn’t got able even narrow the demand supply and reversely we are facing load-shedding much much more than what we witnessed in Musharraf’s era before the PPP came in power. It used to be few half hour intervals of load shedding in peak hot months but now its like 8 to 10 hours daily in a weather which is moderate, not so cold nor hot.
This is even much more serious than being unable to provide the basic needs, it is open insult of democracy that they are currently doing by making the promises and then not doing any thing to fulfill them. It is like making a promise to silent the masses for the moment and then not caring at all.
We as a country shall rise, but only in case when we learn from the previous experiences, vote in true and honest people to lead us by slapping a NO into the face of lairs and cheaters. And this rule must not apply to a certain group or party but the individuals who have not been able to perform no matter where they belong.
The electricity load shedding in Pakistan would have not been a big problem to cope with but its made much bigger by adopting the defective policies. One of the causes of load shedding is called the circular debt, which means the private electricity generation companies keep generating the power but they do not get the money for the electricity they have provided, in that case they can generate the electricity for limited period and after that when the outstanding amount to be paid by government to these companies cross a limit, by being not able to fuel costs these companies stop the production till they have get paid back by government.
This have been happening very much lately, current approach from government is they let the circular dept build up and while companies stop production they are paid back after many months and mean while that halt brings in more shortage and more electricity load shedding subsiquently.
Now this is the place where the issue of rental power plants come in. The question is, when you are not able to finance the current infrastructure and when you are not fully utilizing the current generation capacity, why on earth you need the rental power plants? – It would have made some sense if the rental power plants would have have come with low cost electricity but unfortunately other than thinking of paying back the circular dept and taking all the current resources in action our government have chosen to bring in the rental power plants. The plants which does not still started generating the power but we already started paying the rent money.
After carefully reading whats written above one can decide that the rental power plants stunt was really not required at the moment. Moreover when you live in country which is blessed with so much of natural resources why on earth you have to go for rental power plants. Wind forms and solar energy power plants have got huge potential in this country which can bring in lots of low cast energy, also if more dams are planned, we can get much more hydro power.
After that come in the coal reserves which is blessing for this nation, we have got the coal reserves which are in few biggest coal reserves of the world. Research shows that if we use just 2% of these reserves for power generation we will be able to keep on generating the extra 25000 Mega Watts of power for next 40 years just from coal and we just have overall electricity consumption of 16000 Mega Watts country wide today. 12000 Mega Watts of power out of our 16000 mega watts is already being generated. The above facts clearly show that if the right policies are adopted we can not only generate enough power to meet our energy requirements but also generate power to sell out.
The problem of our country have never been the resources but only and only the sincere leadership which really cares for the country and all the souls living in it. For the moment we can just pray to Allah for blessing Pakistan with the leadership which is sincere and capable of making things happen. Next time when you vote in elections just think for your country and nothing else, keep the previous experiences in mind, they will help you much.
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It is just start of spring season and we are already short of electricity in big way, already we are lacking 4o0o plus magewatts of power in Pakistan. What is going to happen in summer season, it will of course be the worst load shedding of all times in Pakistan. One would be optimistic while thinking of what is going to happen in near future but in this case the last two years proved this that things are getting worse and worse day by day.
This is definitely the worst failure of all the policies of current government, despite many promises in recent past about electricity they have not been able to cope with this issue and last promise was to remove the electricity load shedding from country for ever but just after three months of deadline we are seeing the 12 to 15 hours load-shedding in cities and load shedding of up to 18 hours or more in rural areas.
This all proves that the government have done nothing on earth to back the promises but just the promises which were never fulfilled. Not having electricity at homes will be least of our worries because there are alternatives available to cope with this but what about the falling economy which didn’t saw a hike mainly from last two years.
It is not electricity, it is a total policy failure which led the country towards the worst which can happen, if things are not improved soon we will be great trouble.
Specially in power sector there is lots which needs to be done, including building new dams to store the lots of water which we dump every year into the open sea despite the water shortage. There is lots which can be done in power sector including getting power from alternative sources but if it is not done on urgent bases in few years we will be pushed towards the total darkness in few coming years.
If we really want to progress, the energy from alternate sources like wind tribunes, solar energy plants is must, also the reserves of coal can be utilized to generate lots of power. But for all of that the real capable leadership is must. Lets see how current government deals with current energy and water crisis, but a question remains, are the really capable to deal with such situations? – We will get the answer to this question soon as time passes.
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Its January 10th 2010 and we are living into the age when government had promised many times that we will have all our electricity shortages met. Many times in past being not able to fulfill their promises of meting electricity needs in Dec 2008 and according to next promise June 2009, no w finally once again ruling party unable to met the third one which stated the discontinuation of load-shedding from Dec 2009 for forever.
Not only this but just after Government’s dead line for itself to meat all energy challenges country is again pushed into the severe crises of its time. We are now again face the short fall of more than 4000 megawatts. This shortfall causing the load shedding of nine to seventeen hours in different areas of the country.
Not to forget that the on going season is low power consumption season, power consumption even goes too much high in summer as compared to this season. When they are not able to fulfill the energy needs of nation in this season what will they do in summer. The circumstances just show that things not working out here, ruling party just seem making and broking their own promises on the issues and was not able to address issues on ground.
According to analysts energy projects being worked on will not able to fulfill the nation’s energy needs even in 2011 – 2012. Hope administration goes with a fresh emergency planning on the issue and tries to fulfill the energy needs of nation.
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