Federal government promised to reduce loadshedding to under two hours till June 30

Former Prime Minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made this announcement in a press conference along with three federal ministers today  

It is a good news for all those who are suffering due to prolong loadsheding in the scorching heat  that government has decided to reduce the power outages. At the moment people in cities experiencing 8 to 10 hours loadsheding daily while people living in rural areas and  small towns and cities are facing 10 to 16 hours loadsheding. The government has announced to reduce the duration of loadsheding from tomorrow Tuesday, June 07.   

Former Prime Minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has promised in a press conference today that " there will be no loadsheding  more than two hours after June 30. From Tuesday June 07, loadsheding will be reduced to three and half hours daily.   Today, we need to produce 25,000 megawatts of electricity but we're only producing 21,000 megawatt." 

He made the announcement while addressing a press conference alongside State Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik, Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb.

He went on to say that the government and cabinet were sorry for the current loadshedding but asked for time to resolve the existing issues. We have decided that from tomorrow (Tuesday) we will reduce loadshedding to three-and-a-half hours, he said, adding that additional money had been paid while oil had also been arranged to ensure this. 

"We are hopeful that by tomorrow loadshedding will be reduced to 3.5 hours." Abbasi said that from Tuesday, there will only be 3.5 hours of power outages in the country and from June 16, the period would be reduced to three hours.

He hoped that the period of load-shedding would be further reduced in July, adding that the government had increased the generation of power in the country as only 17,000 to 18,000MW of energy was being produced at the time the government took charge.

Lamenting over the ‘incompetence’ of PTI government, the former prime minister said that the efficiency of some power plants in the country was extremely low and should have been replaced.

"Some of them produce electricity at Rs60 per unit. Not a single megawatt of energy was inducted into the national grid during the PTI government. There is a long story of negligence," he added.

Answering a question, he said the government was not receiving any tax on petrol and it is being sold at the purchasing rate. "No country in the world can sustain providing subsidies. We're hopeful the rates in international markets will reduce and it will impact the local market too," he added.

He further said that the LNG contracts made during the tenure of the PML-N government were saving the country Rs140 billion.


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