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Resolving power crisis: some suggestions

Published Jun 21, 2012 03:43am


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THIS is apropos of news items ‘Loadshedding is no more different in Islamabad’ (June 17) and ‘Violent power protests rock Punjab cities’ (June 18).

The politics of intrigues must end. Every issue on the earth is being talked about but nothing is done to resolve the problems being faced by people at large. Just promises and hollow statements. The government should realise that it would be judged by what it has done for the voters.

Signing agreements with other governments is not enough. The results should show. Political parties, both in power and in opposition, should do something for voters, instead of ruling through confrontation and creating issues. Pakistan has enough power generating capacity to look after the country’s need for some time.

There was a time when Pakistan was going to export its surplus electricity to India. The reason given for loadshedding now are: no water in rivers, expensive furnace oil, shortage of gas, etc.

On our part, traders should shut down business at sunset. The government should let them remain open on Saturdays till late night. Saturday is a holiday. Marriage functions should be planned for afternoon or late afternoon. Minimum of bulbs should be lighted in offices and homes during the day and only one bulb should be lit outside the house (driveway). On its part the government should stop supplying electricity to offices: civil, military and others, till they pay their outstanding dues or at least start paying the monthly bill. Let us sleep in peace at night

The people who matter and are getting an uninterrupted supply of electricity should spend one afternoon and night without electricity to feel the torture the voters are going through.

There is no solution to a problem unless one wants to do something about it. Giving statements does not solve problems.

Discrediting anyone or a party which does not tow your policies or is not of your party, is not a good way to run a government.

Live and let live.

M.K. SUFI Islamabad Citizens Committee


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Comments (6) Closed

Javaid Iqbal Jun 21, 2012 10:54am
How about banning UPS and Generators for everything other than Commercial purposes. They do nothing but aggravate our energy shortage. I would even put the price of electricity up to encourage people to use less.
Hassan Jun 22, 2012 01:25pm
Build dams, check n punish power theft
Omar Jun 21, 2012 12:49pm
Well said!
Razzaq Jun 21, 2012 06:09pm
The government must consider allowing people to import solar panels and other relevant equipments duty and tax free to encourage solar energy schemes in the country.There are people in the country who could afford this though on the high side at present but likely to be much more affordable in future.The biggest advantage with solar energy is the production cost of energy with sunshine in abundance and with out any cost, plus the production will be instant.
Sam Jun 22, 2012 05:22am
Large gas operated electricity generators are extremely useful in Karachi.China have made these new gas generators extremely convineant.So many options and alternatives are there.There is no law or control in Karachi.
Muhammed Khan Jun 23, 2012 02:29am
Our people are use to Band aid approach. Instead of solving the root cause of the problem. Look at example of Bangladesh. They donot give out new electricity connection unless it is at least 9% solar generated . Also in Malaysia and other places Govt encourage people to put solar panels and put it into the grid. If they produce more the meter will turn reverse and they get money. Govt is putting so much money on Fuel they should let banks give out loans for solar installation to the people and Banks collect payment to be send to electricity company. It can be done. Just that we have to wake up from dreaming that somehow it will be solved. Thanks M Khan USA