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Power shortage in Balochistan exacerbates


QUETTA: Power load shedding in Quetta has increased to 12 to 14 hours, while electricity is available merely for four hours in 16 districts of Balochistan after four transmission lines of 220KV between Sibbi and Mach snapped due to a thunderstorm.
The Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO) team has not started the repair work despite the lapse of three days. 
“There is an issue of security. The team will not go to the area until security is provided,” an official said. 
Bolan and Sibbi are highly sensitive areas, with the presence of armed militants who often target security forces, police and power pylons. 
According to the Quetta Electricity Supply Company, its power shortfall reached 1,255MW. 
It said merely 355MW are available against the total demand of 1,650MW. 
“The crisis deepened after four transmission lines of the NTDC’s 220KV double circuit were damaged,” QESCO official said. 
The QESCO spokesperson said that the duration of load shedding has increased. People in Bolan, Sibbi and Mastung complained that electricity is available merely for three to four hours a day.

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