MABAD - The consumers of rural areas and those living in small cities are facing several hours loadshedding as the energy shortfall has crossed 1,000 megawatt.
Many areas of Punjab, Sindh and other provinces were facing more than 4 hours loadshedding, though the power deficiency at present is 1,000 MW and if distributed the difference on equal terms, they would not be facing that much power outages.
According to an official statement of the Ministry of Water and Power, presently the demand for electricity is 12,065 MW and the total generation is standing at 11,150 MW, as the hydel and the IPPs have decreased the energy generation a little. The hydel power generation at present is adding around 5,200 MW electricity in the national grid and the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) were adding around 5,000 MW previously, are now generating 4,585 MW.
WAPDA thermals are contributing just 1,260 MW in the national grid due to the gas shortage. Rental Power Producers are still generating just 62 MW, despite of government claims that many projects have completed work but the officially provided figure from previous 3 to 4 months is the same and there is no addition from the RPPs side.
According to the statement, the inflow in the dams is decreasing now. Tarbela Dam that had attained its maximum water conservation level of 1,550 feet is coming down and its present level is reported at 1,485 feet. At present the inflow in the dam is 20,300 cusecs, whereas the water being released is 46,000 cusecs.
Mangla Dam's water level has come down to 1,146 feet that in flood days had attained the level of 1,206 feet.