ISLAMABAD – The bigger issue perhaps residents of bigger metropolitan cities are facing during the hours when electricity remain available for use that voltage fluctuation which damages the expensive electric appliances.
According to the details gathered from Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Faisalabad and other metropolitan cities, residents who use ACs, deep freezers and large refrigerators buying the stabilizers to protect the appliances from damages from low voltage.
According to the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) Chief Executive Officer Rao Zameerud Din “The people, as far as I have observed, know about load shedding hours and manage their routines accordingly. But they become irritated when they have to face power suspension due to breakdown of transformers or some other equipment,” he added.
He said complaint centre officials had been strictly told to immediately respond to such complaints to avoid public wrath. He said low-voltage issues persisted due to technical problems in power supply to Lesco-owned grid stations through the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC)-owned 220 transmission lines.
“The efforts were underway to resolve such issues, and soon this problem will be solved,” he said.
Moreover, the electricity shortfall surges to 3,400 MW and the distribution companies (DISCOs) have resorted to implement a six-to-ten-hour load shedding schedule across the country.
According to a report of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), the total power generation and demand on Sunday (at 12:30pm) was 14,000MW and 17,400MW, respectively, that forced the DISCOs to carry out 6 to 10 hours loadshedding. “The generation includes 5,240MW, 2,070MW and 6,690MW received by the national grid through hydel, thermal and IPPs (Independent Power Producers), respectively,” the report added.