Load Shedding in Pakistan & Energy Crisis, Urdu Article
Electricity load shedding in Pakistan has increased manifold. Minister of water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf assured that electricity load shedding would be done according to time schedule. He assured that electricity load shedding will finish by the end of the year 2009 but instead it is doubled what it was in the past year 2009. It is big failure of the government of Pakistan. No country can make progress without electricity. Recent government measures of holiday on Saturday and other saving methods have reduced load shedding but not significantly.
Here I want to reveal one big waste of electricity by WAPDA, LESCO and other cities electricity board employees. One low grade LESCO employee told me that he is getting 2,100 units free electricity per month. He told that senior officers are getting 7,000 units and more free electricity per month. So, these employees are getting free electricity equal to their salaries. All this free electricity is being wasted on numerous air conditioners or selling to other rich people. Holiday on Saturday is loss for backward Pakistani nation since already government office procedures are dead slow.
Protests are taking place around the country. People of advanced countries cannot imagine to live in such circumstances for a single day. I have never seen such a intense electricity load-shedding during my whole life. Minister of water and power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf failed to fulfill his promises. Electricity load-shedding is one of the biggest issue in Pakistan including poverty and unemployment.
Government should take drastic measure to finish this electricity load-shedding. Pakistani nation is unhappy that government and opposition is busy in other legislative issues instead of resolving these primary issues. I challenge that I can resolve electricity load-shedding issue in one year if I become minister or high official of ministry of power.
On February 06, 2010 there was eight hours of continuous load shedding. Such shutdown takes place one day every week on the pretext of maintenance. Local LESCO employees told that this shut down takes place from local Grid station. SDO and XEN never attend their mobiles. There numbers are provided on electricity bills as a joke. Similarly other responsible authorities concerned with load-shedding are not attending their phones. I talked to PS of LESCO chief executive and suggested him to suspend such staff who are not fulfilling their duties.
There is another very unjust aspect of electricity load shedding. There is no or less electricity load shedding in officer’s colonies or in rich posh areas. Always equal treatment is suggested by all national and international organizations. There must be equal time of electricity load shedding for every part of Lahore. Further electricity load shedding is being used as a weapon in order to obstruct people from work.
This type of electricity load shedding happens any time without any time table. Political parties have joined hand for forming coalition government but people are facing inexpressible difficulties. Now political parties should work together for the resolution of important issues like electricity load-shedding and people’s poverty.