PM Shehbaz wants no more load-shedding after May 1

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ISLAMABAD: As a power crisis tightly grips the country, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given instructions to end load-shedding from May 1, adding that 20 out of 27 power plants have been reactivated that were shut down for a year.  The prime minister’s directions came during an emergency meeting that took place over the issue of announced and unannounced load-shedding in the country. Talking about the power plants, the premier said that reactivating them has increased power generation.  During the meeting, it was informed that the PTI government did not buy fuel for the power plants in the last four years, however, the incumbent government managed to get the fuel in two weeks to avert the load-shedding issue in the country by increasing power generation.  It was further stated during the briefing that the total power generation in the county is around 18,500MW and the shortfall in terms of demand is around 500-2,000MW. PM Shehbaz Sharif on Monday had said that the current issue of load-shedding in the country was due to the policies of the PTI government. “The PTI government neither purchased fuel in time nor repaired power plants. Hence the current load-shedding,” he said in a tweet. PM Shehbaz Sharif recalled that previously, PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif during his government had ended the worst load-shedding in five years. He mentioned that expensive power generation by the PTI government through inefficient plants was costing the people Rs100 billion per month.
PM Sharif said his government was making efforts to fix the problem of load-shedding.

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