Power Shortfall rises drastically to 5250 MW as mercury rises

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Power Shortfall rises drastically to 5250 MW as mercury rises

Loadshedding in rural and urban areas increased after the electricity shortfall during peak hours up to 5,250 megawatts (MW) as people tried to beat the sweltering summer heat today.

Total generation had surpassed 19,000MW for the first time on Saturday and the shortfall fallen below 3,500MW. However, generation fell to 17,250MW, of which 16,2750MW was actually supplied to the national grid, according to figures received Monday from informed sources. Meanwhile, demand climbed to 22,000MW resulting in a shortfall of 5,250MW.

Sources said, “The duration of loadshedding reached 14 hours in rural and 10-12 hours in urban areas.”

However, officials at the water and power ministry refuted claims of unscheduled loadshedding and dismissed reports of any increase in the duration of loadshedding.