Govt Makes Another Claim to End Loadshedding by 2018

On Tuesday Abid Sher, State Minister of Water and Power, claimed – once more – that there would be full day provision of electricity across the country with no load shedding. However he did mention that those areas where people don’t pay their electricity bills and where power theft ratio is high will be monitored.

This was stated when he was talking to the media about power transmission and generation projects at the WAPDA House. The Managing Director of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry was also present in the meeting.

Loadshedding Schedule

Sher claimed that during the summer, power outages would be reduced to three hours per day for urban areas and four hours in rural areas. He said that this will be done to try and reduce load-shedding as much as possible, especially in the month of Ramadan.

He added that due to various energy projects having being completed quickly, the duration of loadshedding has gone down resultantly from eighteen hours per day in 2013 to just three hours a day now.

“Our government is all committed to enhancing overall electricity generation capacity by 13000 megawatts in its five-year term and so far it has added 4100 megawatts to the system,” he said.

13,000 MW to be Added to the National Grid

The current government also plans to add 13000 megawatts to the system by laying down new transmission lines and building more electricity generating projects. This will double the total electricity generation to 26500 megawatts.

Further he also said the Prime Minister is fulfilling his promise to the people that he would provide cheap electricity to every consumer which he planned on doing by completing all energy generation projects through the employment of alternative energy sources as well such as hydel, gas, coal, wind, solar, and even biomass.

Three new power generation projects at Bhikki, Balloki, and Haveli Bahadur Shah have a total capacity of 3600mw and will be generating electricity by April of next year at full capacity. All three are re-gasifies liquefied natural gas (RLNG) based.

The plant at Nandipur will be converted to gas fuel thus adding another 525mw to the grid till the same date.

Hydropower Projects

Other power generation projects include Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) which will produce about 969mw and the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant producing 1320mw.

Work is also being started on Dasu Damn, Munda Dam and Diamer-Bhasha Dam by the end of the year while also focusing on the improvement of the transmission lines and grid stations across the country to reduce as much theft, loss, and inefficient distribution as possible.

By the next year the NTDC would also have completed the installation of five new grid stations each producing 500kV and whose transmission lines would stretch for 2000km and be capable of carrying the extra load of 7000MVA. Furthermore, 13 new 220kV grid stations and stretching the transmission to a distance of 1600km carrying a total of 11000MVA load would also be completed at the same time.

In April of this year the Prime Minister is also expected to lay down the foundation stone of Mutyari-Lahore (Phase-I) Transmission Line project which will be completed in two years. In the second phase of the same transmission line, Faisalabad would also be added. With an improved transmission system, the problems faced right now of tripping and low voltage could be resolved faster.

The minister also said that as much as seventy percent of all constraints have been removed by now and the remaining thirty percent will be finished by May 2017. He further added that the circular debt had been brought down to Rs.320 billion right now from the Rs.550 billion in 2013 when the current government took over.


  • Yasir Mahmood

    Its just start of the summer and Claims have been proven wrong already !
    They are doing Load shedding upto 8 hours now in Rawalpindi

    • Muhammad Faheem

      Bhai abhi election mn almost aik saal hai…. Bijli bhi aege petrol bhi sasta hoga… Bht kch hoga bt sirf election compaign kalie

      • Ali Salman

        Ye 4 Saal sy election ky liye aap sasta petrol ly rahay thy? Will you deny the fact that govt is working on energy projects? And many projects are completed or about to complete.

        • Muhammad Faheem

          I don’t deny but this slow hike seems planned and prices will drop as elections would come closer… Our country hasn’t climbed up in terms of economic growth… Debt has increased. Privatizing your national assets will bring only short term influx in our accounts. Govt has only focused to sell its institutions not to mend them

        • Kashif Surhio

          you mean solar power plant, coal plan, hydro plant whose dam was not able to hold the pressure of water
          or
          there are some really good projects that we don’t know but you know because you are the supporter of political party but not the country…

        • Yasir Mahmood

          If “Many” projects are completed by now,
          Why the interval of load shedding hasn’t yet been reduced even by a single hours

          Is Govt making Electricity in air?

        • Yasir Mahmood

          And about your “Sasta petrol as of elections for 4 years “,
          Oil prices started to drop few years ago and govt had no option except to reduce the prices and reflect in local.
          There is nothing called a “Favor” given by govt, Its already earning a high margin in the form of many taxes

          • Muhammed Ovais Alam

            You’re using logic with the wrong guy.

    • Rao Rizwan

      So true

  • ZAB

    In 2013:
    3 mahinay main load Shedding khatam na kardi tou mera naam badal dena. (Shahbaz Sharif)
    Ab uska naam gullu butt rakh dena chahiye jo 2017 ka bhi aakhir bata raha hai ab.

    • Ali Salman

      Street criticism is very easy, but he mentioned 3 months for people like you, rest voted for them even after knowing it will take a tenure but will be done finally.

      • FuriousNinja

        That logic.

      • waqar hussain

        Finally when?

      • ZAB

        Yar tumhain tou unka sh*it bhi halwa lagta hoga, hai na?

      • ZAB

        Yar tumhain tou unka sh*t bhi halwa lagta hoga, hai na?

  • Ali Salman

    My question, is government really not doing anything, there are no completed or undergoing projects?

    Pakistani Quam ka problem is, they will buy ACs even if there is no light, they will demand electricity even if they don’t pay bills, they want no loadshedding even if they steal electricity.

    Those who made 3 months statement gave a political statement or fooled people just like 350 dams claim in KPK and public was even more dumb if they believed it.

    • waqar hussain

      Lies everywhere brother.

  • rickie94

    agar Govt sirf schedule kar day load shedding to masla hall ho jay gah

  • Rao Rizwan

    There is 8 to 9 hour load shedding in Lahore in end of March which is not as warm as June or July but these thugs still say that government has made its promise true. Awam ko bewaqoof bana rahe hai ya phir awam already bewaqoof hain

    • abobobilly

      already bewaqoof hain

  • Fahad J

    jo jo banda noon league ka supporter hai aur in chooro ke haq main bolta hai woh mere nazar mai banda nahi kutta hai khabess hai suer hai aur Pakistan ka dushman hai us per Allah ke lanut ho.

  • Arsalan Shah

    LOL.

    Work is also being started on Dasu Damn, Munda Dam and Diamer-Bhasha Dam by the end of the year while also focusing on the improvement of the transmission lines and grid stations across the country to reduce as much theft, loss, and inefficient distribution as possible.