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Moving beyond the megawatt

Published May 12, 2010 11:47am

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As the summer kicks off with the onset of the full-on load-shedding season, the Punjab government is trying to show that it is on the ball by introducing a set of sweeping measures to conserve electricity. The efforts are hoping to cover the ever-widening shortfall of required megawatts to keep things running in Lahore. As a result, all commercial activity is supposed to cease after 8:00 p.m. every evening, and all government institutions are going to switch to a five-day work week. Bringing a highly unregulated, sporadic city such as Lahore under a strict regulation schedule is no doubt a daunting challenge; whether this is the most effective and efficient solution to the problem is itself a complex question with no simple answer.

These days you'd expect any major city to have a vibrant nightlife, and the fact is that Lahore's a bit of a nocturnal city. Even as late (early?) as 4:00 a.m. you can see eating areas and paratha roll joints teeming with people. Late dinners and subsequent dilly-dallying around are common, and all sorts of commercial activity continues as night merges into day. Shutting down all commercial areas at dusk, when this intricate socio-commercial interaction commences, would disrupt complex patterns formed over many years, and would be a kind of downer.

Adaptation is the key in any given survival scenario. Circumstances are always changing, and just like weather patterns and seasonal cycles, societies themselves have learned to cope with changing conditions, accommodating for famines and droughts – saving up in the good times and getting by in the bad times. While in the developed world, fluctuations in the usage and production of energy rarely ever affect the end user, in places like Pakistan, where every megawatt counts, things can be a little tricky going from one month to the next. Unfortunately, instead of adapting to this power deficit in a behavioral way, we've ended up adapting to it in a psychological way.

As the temperature rises and everyone's air conditioners start brimming, the demand for electricity skyrockets, resulting in more hours of load-shedding throughout the day. Most days of the summer months end up looking like checkerboards of hours with electricity alternating between hours without electricity. Sometimes, when things get really tight, one hour of electricity is followed by two hours of sweaty anticipation. Sometimes, to reward patient consumers of electricity, the authorities bestow not one but two glorious hours of electricity.

Over the last two years, people have gotten somewhat used to this major inconvenience in their lives. Gone are the days when blackouts used to be a one-off occurrence during a thunderstorm, or when people had to dread that one hour without electricity in the whole day. Now urban life in Lahore is all about swinging from one megawatt-hour to the next.

You could be working on a project, or deeply engrossed in a television sit-com, or just having fun on YouTube – and snap! Before you know it, the power is gone. It takes a fraction of a second for your brain to register your sudden change in fortune, which although expected is always forgotten in the moment. It breaks your heart a little, but then you say 'oh well!' and carry on.

Now we could get all worked up at the world for being such a resource depleted place, or curse the government for not having its act together, or even belt out a belligerent bellow at the gods for putting us in such a predicament of damnation. But negativity is such an overused emotion – so yesterday, so passé – that we should instead look at things through a positive frame of mind. Think about it, the possibilities are endless. Getting used to these power cuts doesn't have to be an act of desperation; in fact, this whole getting used to the power-cuts business has us looking at a whole new, untapped lifestyle industry.

Forget fancy jargon like sustainable development or renewable energy – helping people get used to living without electricity is quite clearly the way of the future.

Obsessed with the eight or 12 'electric' hours in our days, we seem to have forgotten the value of the 12 to 14 purely 'acoustic,' unplugged hours. Haven't we realised we're sitting on a gold-mine right here?  While the rest of the world is going ape over getting connected and staying wired, accessing all the information all the time, we here in Pakistan have a rare opportunity to disentangle ourselves from the mesh of technology that seems to have captivated the rest of the world. Indeed, we could quite realistically be the first to wake up from this maddening trance of electronics to find that appliances and technology, gadgets and machines have begun to slowly but surely take control of our lives – so much so that we feel helpless when they aren't operable.

This is an unhealthy dependence on technology, and it requires too much energy to sustain it. As such, this is our chance to become well versed in the art of living without electricity through gradual adaptation, rather than sudden jolts. So hour by hour, we should slowly learn to live life unplugged, until we reach a point where we can do everything we once needed electricity for without any megawatts at all.

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Lahore-based Asif Akhtar is interested in critical social discourse as well as the expressive facets of reactive art and is one of the schizophrenic narrators of a graphic novel. He blogs at http://e-scape-artist.blogspot.com/ and tweets at http://twitter.com/e_scape_artist.

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eye in sky May 12, 2010 07:27am
Solar panel is the way, and I will ask for wind-technology..turbine additions to hydro.
Gill May 12, 2010 08:03am
It appears that the writer is suggesting that instead of exploring ways to generate electricity to meet our requirements we must give in and adapt to the current scenario that has left many people frustrated. Extremely myopia idea and a preposterous thought indeed.
Suhaib May 12, 2010 08:04am
"A blessing in disguise" ... :) never thought it that way.
Sugandh May 12, 2010 08:05am
Nice ideas! but we already live life like that. in my family we have divided our work accordingly, when there is electricity we do our work that require electricity and during the off time, we read, do embroidery, play boardgames or even do all our calls during that time. We even go out during the time when there is no electricity so that we can save our hours of electricity. life is easy if you adopt to it. =)
Zulfiqar May 12, 2010 09:21am
Actually there is always reaction to an action. It
Ahmad May 12, 2010 09:42am
wow.. just wow.. not at the article.. but at the people commenting on it. wow..
Fahad May 12, 2010 10:12am
You are certainly welcome to enjoying your time without electricity. I would rather have my whole share of 24 hour power. In-fact if you really don't like to use technology then I would be more than happy to use your share of power to!
O.Dogar May 12, 2010 10:53am
I agree. RE (Renewable Energy) is the way of the future. Europe is generating 20% through RE and China is investing heavily into it. All our Govt needs to do is facilitate the policy framework for Grid-Tie RE and the industry/economics will automatically take care of the rest. Grid-Tie refers to where your Electric meter can spin backwards when u generate excess power (through RE) than you consume, selling Electricity back to the utility during the day (eg. through Solar) and buying during night. Solar panel cost has reached $1/watt figure we can easily eliminate Load-shedding if Govt lends a hand in terms of Policy (low or no duty on RE equipment import & encouraging WAPDA to offer Two-way meters)
Imran May 12, 2010 11:09am
I could sense a hint of satire in the article...but may be that is just me...but you give a very interesting perspective...come on it is all not that bad :)
Khaqan Ali Khan May 12, 2010 12:08pm
"We here in Pakistan have a rare opportunity to disentangle ourselves from the mesh of technology that seems to have captivated the rest of the world. Indeed, we could quite realistically be the first to wake up from this maddening trance of electronics to find that appliances and technology, gadgets and machines have begun to slowly but surely take control of our lives.." Yet you blogged about it on the internet...
Azhar Zuberi May 12, 2010 12:20pm
Don
SS May 12, 2010 12:21pm
A great equalizer - in a way it has made us a nation - from Karachi to Khyber - all in the same sweaty boat!
imran May 12, 2010 12:26pm
CAUTION" KEEP IT OUT OF THE REACH OF PRESENT GOVT." hope that our beloved govt and minister load-shedding don't get hold of this blog cause they will surely think that masses in Pakistan are enjoying these power cuts and they could present this before supreme court as an evidence and will curse the blogger for ours glorious future with out electricity.
Syed Tirmizi May 12, 2010 12:29pm
Yes agreed the way outs and schedule, we all can do the same... obviously one has to go on, in both the situation either with power or without power.
Corzair May 12, 2010 12:35pm
Salams Awesome! fantastic article by Asif Akhtar - it soo true people have become slaves to tech. I Live and was born in the the UK so am very spoiled by having non stop power - but I did have the pleasure of spending 6 month in Punjab last year and to be honest after having lived with the on and off power of Pakistan - I think the solutions are simple but its up to the citizens and small communities to do it for themselves - Don't relay on the gov. We need to to use our God given minds somewhat - Get the basics sorted like water, waste and some power and and realise we don't need to be plugged in to the TV or Internet all day - Spend time with your family work in a more natural way that's true freedom one of the soul. We need more thinkers like this Pakistan Has potential - don't copy everything from the west look at your local weather and environment and live in harmony with it after all we are God's Deputy entrusted to look after and manage, not to be oppressors of the Earth and people.
ugoraya May 12, 2010 01:01pm
That's called wit sir.. no negativity!! I think you should re read...to get the negativity out.
Asingh May 12, 2010 01:24pm
Wow. What a line of thinking. With the fuel situation the way it is in Pakistan, why not go back to horses. Given the gas shortage, I guess you guys will soon stop cooking too. And why not? After all Neanderthals didn't have power to worry about, did they? There are 2 ways to deal with life. You have mentioned anger and acceptance. Sorry, these are not the two paths before you. You can meet your power shortage challenges head on and actually try and do something about it, or you can run away from the problem (the far easier route) and beef up your candle making industry. Slowly but surely, without power, you will have less irrigation, less food production, less industry, less growth in your economy, a worse trade balance, less tourism, the list goes on and on. Do something! Change your government if they can't act. You can accept all this and live with it, as you have suggested. Or you can wake up and face it.
shawn May 13, 2010 06:31am
Ask who...quit begging.
Salmaan May 12, 2010 02:01pm
You wrote wonderfully., and connected instantly with the inner recesses of my heart. Though what you wrote is "idealistic" and romantic., the underlying current of thought is extremely deep. You can develop the argument to stress reverting back to simple living and high thinking. Though electricity is a very important need today., and what you suggest is going back to a lifestyle of say, 1960s or 1970s... I think this requires for a paradigm shift of mindset. However, students must study besides a lantern... but then again., you would need kerosene oil... unless you say : "night is for sleep, so early to bed and early to rise". Its a deep thought. Ultimately the base line seems to be simple living., and being in control of your lives... Swadeshi [on a mental plane]. Thank you Asif Akhtar...
Ayaz May 12, 2010 02:19pm
Is the author being sarcastic? It is true that having no electricity for hours bring back old memories when families sat together and talked for that 1-hour period of load-shedding, which was somewhat spending quality time with the loved ones. But now, it is more of a pain in the neck with smelly sweaty masses of bodies walking around, having no clue what to do or where to go. Frustration is everywhere.
Ammaar Ahmad May 12, 2010 04:34pm
Sorry I don't agree with this article at all I came from Saudi Arabia for vacations to my motherland and I returned 15 days before actual arrival. Too hot to handle I guess. But still trip was amazing.
rihat May 12, 2010 04:41pm
Ha Ha, I see the funnier side of this article. Comments and suggestions expressed by some are even funnier. So people think we should switch everything off and go back in times some two hundred years and live like the tribes living in the Amazon. That'll be a little bizzare for a nuclear power country - to put it mildly. Let's not compromise on the basic necessities of life and instead strive to play a major role in development of technology. Here's a clue: tap energy from other planets via a unique network of satellites and beam it to the earth in the form of a new energy called cosmic energy - analogous to the communication system. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel coming soon ! (excuse the unintended pun).
van kirk May 12, 2010 05:38pm
Great observations. I agree with you and the writer. I think there is a real silver lining on the clouds of energy despair. Over the last year a number of concrete steps have started to address our challenges. After all, the energy problem didn't start now. We've had poor planning under the past administrations and it will take time to fix everything but at least we now are faced with realities and have taken concrete steps to tackle issues. I'm so pleased that things like 18th Ammendment, NFC award and belief in democracy is taking root in Pakistan. Our lifestyle of being wasteful and staying up late also needs to change. I look forward to the end of the energy problems by the next two years but I hope we don't forget the lessons!
Mazhar May 12, 2010 06:04pm
Pakistan's vehicle of progress has been shifted to the reverse gear. We are heading to the stone age.
Musstanser May 12, 2010 09:36pm
One word, Awesome. Research shows that the most sustainable life is often found in the backyards or our villages and their systems. The whole world is moving towards conservation of energy, somehow I think Pakistan and similar countries are ready for that. Nuclear energy is like suicide. I hope our people will soon learn to navigate without the artificial fabric of the digital society. Even though my research as often been linked to the connectivity but I truly believe that we can be better connected in many other ways...
Abbas Khan May 12, 2010 10:34pm
Very interesting article. Many people in developed countries especially in north America spend summer weekends at their cottages and some folks camp in rural areas, idea is to stay closer to the nature. In our beloved country we get such great experience without leaving our homes.
Zulfiqar May 12, 2010 11:30pm
This nation is full of educated people but going backward. Thanks to our selfish leaders. In the ranks Pakistan stands with Uganda, Chad etc.. I love my country but, very sad at the currant status if it.
John Abraham May 13, 2010 01:08am
Good one Asif.
Aziz May 13, 2010 03:03am
What an ugly article. You fail to understand that power runs everything nowadays. No power = no jobs = no food = riots/terrorism. Don't you realize that the article you were able to write, the very same article that will bring a paycheck at the end of the month, was written courtesy of so sort of technology? Think about it...without technology, people will be farming with their bare hands and a few animals. The food production will go down tremendously resulting in a famine. Without technology, we will will not be able to run the call centers that generate foreign revenue? Don't you realize that without technology, your children will not be able to acquire higher education...the very education that enables us to compete with the world at the top level? I am sorry buddy but you remind me of Uni-Bomber. You have the right to voice your opinion and I value that right..
RIZWAN KHALIQ KHAN LODHI May 13, 2010 03:40am
well these habits of late sitting,dine out at midnight is one factor to distract our social values. mostly of them far way from the importance of early walk prayers.in my opinion these things have nothing to do with your economic flow.apart from day two day off would be better opportunity all for working class to spend some time with their families and finish their hanging responsibilities. Turn your eyes on the developing country working hour (five day on two day off). That kind of relaxation brings physiological relief to their lives and moreover stay tune with early morning habits in holidays are the best for hangout for roll parathas
Muhammad.Quddus May 13, 2010 03:47am
Adaptation? Or adjusting to reality? Or resignation to an impending doom? Possible only if the leadership lacks guts. In the early 1970s, when the leadership decided to get on with a nuclear option, there was a very legitimate opposition and opposition from the scientific establishment. One of the argument was that in order to run the nuclear facilities, the science graduates may not be qualified enough to handle the task. Then there was a worry of taxing the poor for post industrial complex in a largely rural state. And there was an international pressure. Yet, the leadership took the most daring, may not be the most wisest, step and went ahead for a nuclear option. Why not use the nuclear energy to keep not just the city life running but to keep up with the industrial sector?
zaman May 13, 2010 03:53am
This is the fortune of a nation who works only when things go horribly wrong, there could be many reasons but major problem is the education. I m talking about the education of our so called leaders. If we check how are leaders are groomed up we will not b disappointed on present situation. First of all leader should be educated enough so he can anticipate, what to do and what not to do. And also we should give our self one more min while selecting them as our representatives.
Analalytical Engine May 13, 2010 04:33am
Said Mahatma Gandhi,"There is enough in this world for every man's need,but not for every man's greed". The reason why we face power-cuts is that Elitist people waste a lot of electricity.
UM May 13, 2010 05:04am
Hear! Hear! ..."a rare opportunity to disentangle ourselves from the mesh of technology that seems to have captivated the rest of the world"... Lets go there!
balochi May 13, 2010 05:45am
The brain child of Writer indicates how frustrated we have gone as a nation.....It seems that the masses are highly disappointed and this is the sign of "our death". So plz avoid proposing such options which will make your nation stagnant. Instead the entire nation should pursue the auth to build the new hydroprojects. WAPDA has made the feasibility study on Indus, starting from Skardu till Besham it has the capacity to construct 13 Dams/run of river hydel projects with approximately 40000MW of electricity. It will not only cater for the energy needs of the nation but will look after the water shortages as well.
Fahad May 13, 2010 05:51am
This has got to be one of the dumbest articles I've ever read. If you don't think technology is a good thing, then please go and live in a cave in Afghanistan. Or don't bother visiting a hospital. In the great race of progress in the world, Pakistan is severely handicapped. And its our fault. Not India's, Not America's not Israel ...
salman May 13, 2010 08:29am
lolz :-) yea you are right Mazhar, but who is the driver dude??? kick out that driver who is running that vehicle.
Asif Akhtar May 13, 2010 09:00am
So sorry for putting out such a mixed signal post which admittedly doesn't really make that much sense by itself. Truth be told I'd intended this to be a more thorough look into a post-energy way of life and how we can lead the way there. Sadly that part of the post didn't get included, and for that I blame technology. So my apologies to those who were confused by this post, and I applaud those who still managed to find something in there. The rest of the post is up as a supplement on http://e-scape-artist.blogspot.com/2010/05/load-shedding-re-dux-supplement-for.html ... reading that might clarify things a little more Sorry for the confusion -- Technology really sucks! Peace..
Raza May 13, 2010 09:26am
I agree
Ali Pasha May 13, 2010 10:30am
It is an interesting thought. And a true one. We must also think of how to put this kind of thinking into action. Electr?c?ty can be d?str?buted accord?ngly, and l?fe can very well funct?on w?thout ?t. You are r?ght, we have become too dependent on technology... It should be used as a tool, to serve our needs!
Imran Ahmed Siddiqui May 13, 2010 12:23pm
Very realistic Mr.Aziz. Your comments are more than close to reality rather the writer of this article which he used technology afterall.
Khalid May 13, 2010 12:51pm
I totally agree, while every country in the world is searching new ways to moves ahead, our so called leaders are taking this country back to ice age. Won't be long before we're carrying lanterns...
Khalid May 13, 2010 12:53pm
Spot on.....
Amit May 13, 2010 01:24pm
There is no shortage of electricity to this scale in Pakistan. The rulers are making people suffer deliberately so that US can be persuaded to offer them Civil Nuclear deal.
Faraz May 13, 2010 03:13pm
Sorry to say but this is the useless article I have ever come across. The rest of the world is living in the 21st century and here you are talking about going back to the medieval times and you think it is the way 'forward'. How can you compete and stay together with the rest of the civilized world when you are ready to accept your dark future? And forget technology, we Pakistanis have never really been exposed to technology anyhow or atleast don't know how to utilize it properly, in those dark hours all we need is some air, water and visible light to see. Your romantic concept of having the opportunity of staying away from technology during the dark hours end right there. What about industrial growth? You want us Pakistanis to start living in caves? hunt animals and use lanterns. Rather then doing something about it, we should be ready to go back to the prehistoric times, oh well how romantic and no wonder weird. When the rest of the world is moving forward we go backwards, we are going backwards OK but accepting it and that too so romantically is what angers me.
Faraz May 13, 2010 03:25pm
We all totally agree with you Mr Aziz. The reality is technology is everything and for this we need power if are to stay together and on an equal footing with the civilized world or else we can go back to the medieval times which the writer suggests as the way 'forward'.
Hasnain May 13, 2010 03:40pm
We as a society need to stop doing everything the west tells us to do. They play video games have ipods and surf on facbook and youtube all day and we want to do the same thing. The writer of the article actually raises a very good point. he is not saying that we should live without technology at all. Surely we need it in the working environment to stay competitive with the world markets which is fine. He is proposing we lessen our dependance on it at home which would help us conserve energy so we can use it for things that are more important. Such as electricity in hospitals and the workplace. In the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) there were no airconditioners yet people in those days lived longer than todays society. In order to catch up to the rest of the world we need to use our brains not electricity. Great article Asif. As a follow up why dont you give examples of how we can lessen our dependance on technology.
Suraj Tschand May 13, 2010 05:01pm
The way we generate and distribute electricity is close to 100 years old. Our light bulbs are 120 years old, and the ways we heat, cool, and light our houses are the most inefficient ways possible. Instead of using Natural Gas to heat our houses, we are forced to use electricity. Instead of cooling our buildings and houses with Gas Chillers, we use electricity. What a waste. Electricity should not be used to heating and cooling. Electricity should only be used to run the electric motors and the electronic gadgets.
Tahir Karachi May 13, 2010 07:30pm
This country has no future.we have been wasting our time for 60 yrs. in many useless matter.
Kamil Gani May 13, 2010 09:51pm
Lol...nice thought. I appreciate that you can still be positive in such dire circumstances.
aj May 14, 2010 12:46am
One can live without Television, internet for hours but it gets really tough without electricity when you are sitting under a fan which refuses to run for you when you need it the most. .
Aziz May 14, 2010 01:26am
Sorry Asif...still no go. I still disagree with you. I think its about time to think out of the box...you got that right...but its also time to think ahead. Solar and wind energy should be on our minds. I believe in energy conservation but I do not believe that we should completely give it up. Yes, if we continue the way we are going today, we may not have enough energy sometime in the future. We need to avoid that "future". If we hit that, we will be sitting in the dark with a candle (which by the way is a technology...for a caveman) while the rest of the world moves on. People will feel poor. They will lack self-confidence and start commiting suicide. See, you think that we should learn to live without technology because you have given up on the idea that we can generate enough energy to go around. I believe that if we all do our part, we will have enough to go around and more.
waqar May 14, 2010 03:55am
LOLZ! actually it is an old idea, however it is published publicly first time. cheers! anyways it is going to be 9:AM and i will be so close to the nature from 9:AM to 10:AM :D Long Live load shedding! :D
Cherish May 14, 2010 07:30am
The article has a tinge of satire and a subdued expression of hopelessness. Nice one
Asif Akhtar May 14, 2010 09:07am
Sorry to disagree with you Aziz.. but there's nothing that great about electricity that people haven't been able to do without electricity in essential terms.. All this mumbo-jumbo about industrial growth and progress is made up so people like you keep thinking in terms of the same box. And these ideas of growth are not only flawed but are escapist in their nature. Your great ancestors, the Mughal dynasty didn't have any access to electricity yet were probably the greatest (Muslim) thing to happen to the subcontinent. And speaking of Muslims, as one other comentator very rightly points out, there was no electricity in the times of Prophet Muhammad either. So if most of humanity has survived and "DEVELOPED" without electrical power, I think we can do the same by being less reliant on it. Especially this comfort loving lifestyle that we've grown accustom to, probably shows how we're about to rot as a specie, and be curdled in the stench of our own desires for cooling up places in the summer, and allowing our minds to decay in front of the Television. Grow up! There is a life without electricity, you just have to find it. How dare you say that electricity is the only way forward. Says who? What way forward? Way forward where? Think about these things before you speak. Do you think electricity will help us attain some sort of Utopia? I think you're wrong. I think we're sewing the web of our own destruction. But you can go the industrial growth and development route.. (Don't tell me there weren't industries before electricity) Stop thinking that this is the best time to be a human, other great civilizations have done wonders without electricity, you just have to strive.
John May 14, 2010 10:29am
You make alot of sense!
blueMountain May 14, 2010 10:56am
Whatever happend to daylight saving???? People often say we don't get the idea which leads to confusion and subsequently some people following the "Purana" time while others follow the "New" time. The solution for that would be to run an awareness campaign just like the one on our radios and Tvs about conserving energy... You could replace some of these ad spots with those for daylight saving awareness drive.
Harish Bansal May 14, 2010 08:12pm
Oh yeah we should reach from where we started, without electricity, tv, mobile phones, internet, fans, wheat mills, water pumps, medical intruments I just cannot imagine how wonderful the life will be without all these things and electricity. Oh yeah keep it up way to go bro........
Tj_Pakistani May 16, 2010 08:55am
Winding back the clock and moving into pre-industrial days are not the answer, lack of governance, bad policies of the government wasteful use of resources are some of the answers which has brought us to the state where we are today. Just take the example of CNG, why was this new fuel put in place, green revolution, save the environment or motive was to start a new business venture based on which we could give permits to politicians, ex military and gop officials, so that they can have a sustainable means of livelihood and the same time putting our precious natural resource on stake. If you visit a cng station the lines of cars, prados etc will tell you the story benefiting only a select few who could very easily afford petrol moreover the cng was being priced at lower level based on which rational, none, this decision diverted this energy source from power sector to consumers and aggravated the power crisis. Some sense has to prevail within our civil society to be less wasteful, how, I am not sure, someone at the top has to take the lead, if no one is willing to take a start, we will be in the nirvana as suggested and accept it as fair accomplish. Power crisis is not the only area where this attitude persists, it is all over.
Gaurav Dwivedi May 15, 2010 04:41pm
Electricity is always been a huge problem. Electricity deficit in Pakistan(2008)- 15% Pakistan has shrunk by 50% in recent years due to an over reliance on hydroelectric power. In 2008, availability of power in Pakistan falls short of the population's needs by 15%. Pakistan was hit by its worst power crisis in 2007, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the following riots. Production fell by 6000 Megawatts and massive blackouts followed suit. By the data given by Private Power and Infrastructure Board - Govt. of Pakistan the situation will be a lot better by 2011. (only 1% deficit) But it will zoom by 2020 to huge 13,651MW (If no foreign investment come to Pakistan)
Sheikh Chilli May 16, 2010 02:02pm
I think no difference between Pakistan and north pole, both have 6 months day and 6 months night!! well enjoy the candle lite dinner.
Sheikh Chilli May 16, 2010 02:04pm
Our future back to nature.... Think positive
R S JOHAR May 16, 2010 03:31pm
I donot agree with your views. The young writer has a positive frame of mind and his suggestions are totally valid keeping in view of the current scenario in Pakistan.
syed abdul wahab gilani May 16, 2010 11:15pm
Awesome article. I think we must pay heed towards nuclear power plants. Solar panels are too expensive
bvindh May 18, 2010 03:15am
None of these problems would have existed if the Pakistani Government has followed the clear and detailed instructions and messages delivered to the followers of Islam by the bountiful and merciful Allah through his Prophet Mohammed (PUBH)
Paul May 19, 2010 12:10am
Jokes aside. Pakistan needs to address its law and order situation. Need to make friends with the neighbors and put all its energies in developing the country. Right now more time and effort is wasted in unproductive quibbling. Need to root out corruption especially at the higher level. Parliament should completely support the justice department. Courts pass order and the government puts hurdles in the way. If things do not improve, people in Pakistan will certainly have to live by the candle.
Kaypi May 20, 2010 05:50pm
"Electricity should not be used to heating and cooling. Electricity should only be used to run the electric motors and the electronic gadgets.".... LOL! Do you think air-conditioners work without motors? :) This is a gem of a sentence.. With your permission, I will put it on my website... :D
Kaypi May 20, 2010 06:24pm
Haha! The best comment in here at the moment! :D