Power shortage in the country has now risen to about 4000 MW, which will cause 12 to 18 hours of prolonged load shedding specially with the onset of simmering summer season.

It is expected that in summer the duration of load shedding across the country will soar to 17 hours in small cities and towns, and to 10 to 12 hours in Lahore and other major cities.

Currently, the demand for electricity has climbed to 11,500 MW but present total power generation is in the tune of 8,500 MW.

There has been drop of water level in Tarbela Dam and Mangla dams, becuase of which the hydel power generation is down to 700 MW only.
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The situation is no different at thermal powerhouses, where generation has been hit by the shortage of oil supply.

PEPCO spokesman said the situation would improve in coming days with the rise of water level in the dams.

Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) sources said urban areas of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are witnessing seven hours of power cuts as compared to rural areas, where load shedding duration is between 10 to12 hours. IESCO faces power shortfall of 450 to 500 MW.

Prolonged power cuts of 12 to 18 hours in Quetta and other cities of Balochistan have also been witnessed, paralyzing routine life.

The PPP-led coalition government at the center has been trying to mitigate the crisis with a combination of Rental Power plants (RPP projects) and Independent Private Power plants (IPP projects) but the results have not trickled down to consumer level yet.