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Day-light saving and the electricity issues

August 29, 2008

Okay I admit I hate daylight saving in Pakistan. I don’t know why but I do. So for me the bad news is that we aren’t going to turn back our clocks on 31st of August. The government has extended it to 31st of October. According to the government it has proved beneficial as they have managed to save power. If they have saved power how it can benefit us. The country has been hit by severe unannounced load shedding, sparking angry protests in many cities.


The NWFP government demanded that WAPDA should be handed over to the province as it was before the One Unit system. The point is that most of the power- generating projects are in NWFP and the irony is that we face the longish hours of load shedding and above that WAPDA sells it expensive to us.


An excerpt from The News (Friday, 29th August 2008)


The MPA Abdul Akbar Khan said that load shedding had become second major problem confronting the province after terrorism. The province is producing 4,000MW electricity and the entire requirement of the province is less than 1,000MW. “We are producing electricity at the cost of seven paisa per unit, but get it at Rs7 and even then it is denied to us,” he said.


“Punjab produces wheat, sells flour at Rs300 per bag, but the same is sold in the Frontier at Rs700,” he said, posing a question as to why the NWFP was not being given cheap electricity. It, he said, was an injustice that Punjab had reduced releasing water only to store water and deduct subsidy, which it gives to tube-wells from the NWFP net profit. Under sub-article 2 of Article 157, he said, it was the responsibility of the provincial government to distribute electricity, levy tax and fix its rates.


That is true. NWFP has been suffering on the account of massive terrorism, power issues, wheat shortages etc.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2008 5:29 pm

    Very saddening indeed. I am also very frustrated the way load shedding is disrupting the normal flow of our lives. And regarding day light saving, it is simply not working for obvious reasons. Shop owners have to comply with the closing times but unfortunately, lack of rules and regulations and subsequent enforcement of these orders give them a green signal to remain open till midnights and beyond. The common public has to suffer, always!

  2. Ayesha permalink
    August 29, 2008 7:00 pm

    The funny thing is that here shopkeepers open shops according to old time. That is around 9:30-10:00 :S

    Instead of telling the media about the measurements of overcoming power shortage Zardari says… these are the issues, gifted to us by the previous government.

  3. RMZ permalink
    August 29, 2008 7:21 pm

    i like day light savings as it has worked all around the world and might be working here but it lone cant solve our power problems we as a nation need 2 realize the magnitude of the problem and take measures ourselves s shoppers and shopkeepers alike i have seen many posh markets in khi complying with the rules and u have 2 admit khi hs been the worst hit by loadshedding v need 2 step up

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