Considering recently released report of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) it proved that tall claim of incumbent government to end load-shedding before 2018 general elections was just mere rhetoric. Detailed report unveiled the fact that more woes are waiting in future for the masses due to serious problems in the power transmission system. Report disclosed that current power transmission and distribution system prevailing in the country can bear load of only 16,000 megawatts of electricity. Experts in the field of power generation believe that if more power is added into the existing distribution system, there are bright chances it will break down and there would be blackout in the country.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and some members of his cabinet have claimed repeatedly that load-shedding will end by 2018, but ironically the NEPRA report is saying quite the opposite. When the PML-N campaigned for the general elections 2013, it made tall claims of ridding the nation of electricity shortages within days, then weeks, then months. Later, this was extended to six months, two years and lastly, till the end of its tenure. And NEPRA report has proved that claim of ending energy crisis before 2018 is not possible now with what next PML-N would come up?
It is fact that government is successful to reduce duration of load-shedding in the cities but in small cities and villages people are still suffering. There are chances that in coming days situation would further aggravated. It is alarming that despite of repeated tall claims of government to end energy crisis, it is struggling to ensure the availability of a basic utility of life that guarantees economic prosperity of a nation. Faulty planning is cited as a major reason for government’s failure to overcome the energy crisis. Performance of PML-N can’t be termed satisfactory by any stretch of imagination; it has failed to launch long term planning and its implementation. A lot has been said on the severity of the energy crisis but it seems incumbent government is not aware from the sensitivity and urgency to deal with the issue. There is no second opinion that electricity crisis has become a menace which has closed down numerous industries and many are on the verge of collapse.
Instead of issuing contradicting statements and attempting to befool the people with false claims, government should present real scenario to the masses. False claims can seriously damage credibility of the government and it can lose trust of people. Best way forward for the government is to let people know about the issues and hurdles in the way of eradicating load-shedding completely from the country. It should realistically describe the crisis and then present its strategy on how to deal with the problem. If government fails to deal with burning issue of load-shedding, it will come to haunt it in the next general elections. It is beyond common sense to keep working on new projects without overhauling the existing outdated national grid which can’t bear increasing load of electricity.
It is alarming situation for the government that NEPRA report discloses load-shedding is unlikely to end by 2018.