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No power cuts durin g Sehr, Iftar, Taraveeh

*Urban areas to see up to five hours, rural seven hours of power outages *Power minister says electricity outages cannot be ended in two years

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to provide relief to consumers in the holy month of Ramazan the government has decided not to carry out power load shedding at the time of Sehr, Iftar and Taraveeh, which works out to six hours of power supply.
According to the power load management plan of the Power Ministry for the holy month, there will be no power cuts during Sehr, Iftar and Taraveeh. The urban areas would see power load shedding of up to five hours, and rural areas up to seven hours. According to a press statement issued by the PM’s media office on Sunday, the Ministry of Water and Power, all the power distribution companies (DISCOs) and their headquarters will remain open during Sehr and Iftar in Ramazan to monitor the load management plan. 
They will remain in touch through Video Link during these hours. “Each DISCO and the ministry has installed a dedicated landline and made available mobile numbers at their respective controls centres so that any fault could be rectified on fast track basis,” the statement reads. 
It also said that at the distribution level, staff have been assigned down-the-line duties, while necessary equipment and replacements have been arranged so that prompt action could be taken in case of a technical fault. The statement further said that the government has already approved maximum generation of electricity during Ramazan. 
The government has also approved necessary funds for enhanced generation during these days, the PM office said. It added that oil supplies have also been enhanced and their stocks are being built at different points. 
Fuel stocks at various power plants combined with continued daily fuel supply has been planned to ensure smooth operations at the power plants during Ramazan. 
Official sources told this scribe that at present the power shortfall stands at over 4,000MW, while up to fourteen hours of power load shedding is being carried out.
Meanwhile, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the nation should not expect the government to resolve the acute power shortage in two years time. 
In a statement issued on Sunday, he said the power outages would be reduced gradually every year as more and more electricity is added to the national grid through the power plants set up by the incumbent government. 
He said the Ministry of Water and Power has been directed to ensure electricity supply during Sehr and Iftar timings during the holy month of Ramazan.

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