QUETTA, 28 April: Power supply to Balochistan from the national grid has been reduced by 200 megawatts due to which electricity load-shedding has increased in the province.
The power requirement of Balochistan is 1,800 megawatts, while it was being provided 600MW. According to Quetta Electric Supply Company (QUECO) sources, further cut of 200MW has been made from the national grid to Balochistan which has increased shortfall to 1,400MW. The load-shedding duration has been increased alarmingly due to shortfall of power supply.
Students have been most affected from increased load-shedding as Intermediate (F.A, F.Sc) exams are underway in Balochistan.
“Load-shedding is carried out in Balochistan without any schedule and WAPDA officials suspend and restore power supply according to their own will. Load-shedding affects general public and business activities. The Balochistan government has not taken any step in this regard,” a local citizen told TNN.
Currently the load-shedding duration in Quetta city is eight hours and up to 20 hours in other parts of the province. People of the province have demanded the Balochistan government to take steps for reduction of load-shedding.