Pakistan People’s Party will not tolerate the unabated torturous load shedding of electricity of 16 to 18 hours and will confront the ruling Party for its abject failure despite its tall claims, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, in a statement issued from the Party Secretariat today.
He predicted that the unbearable load shedding of electricity in the country would push government’s early demise because the people had lost all hopes of their ability to get rid them of the menace.
He pointed out that the farmers in the country were most hit because they were paying more for the electricity which was not available and the agriculture produce had been suffering badly due to the water shortage.
He said that the industrial sector especially the small entrepreneurs were devastated as the excessive and unscheduled load shedding had ruined their small businesses besides daily wage earners losing their jobs.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that during the PPP previous democratic government the it used to ensure three hours uninterrupted supply of electricity to the tube wells at affordable rates to meet the irrigation requirements. Now sporadic supply of one hour electricity to tube wells has caused acute water shortage and the resultant decline in productivity is like the economic murder of the farmers’ community, he added.
He said that the continuous shortfall of 7000 mw in the country was source of utter disappointment for the people of Pakistan because of the government had miserably failed to narrow down the gap between the demand and supply over the more than one year. It smacks of their claim of controlling it in months and not in years, he observed.
He pointed out that the present government had not added a single mw in the national grid and the Nandipur Hydel Power Project of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had proved the disaster of unimaginative proportion in terms of power generation and its competitiveness.
He recalled that the PPP government added around 3400 mw in the national grid and the scheduled load shedding then was reduced to three to four hours. He asked the Punjab Chief Minister to compare the situation of his protest then near Minar-i- Pakistan by setting up a tent beating the heat with hand fan. His sense of righteous ness is at stake indeed, he observed.