Monday really proved to be Black Monday for Pakistan. A large part of the country is immersed in darkness since 7.30 am. Big cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta are without electricity for almost 12 hours. Crores of people of Pakistan have been affected by this. Now there is news that power supply will not be restored in Pakistan before 10 pm.
It is being said that Pakistan’s electricity distribution system is very complicated and there is darkness in Pakistan due to the failure of the national grid. But due to the failure of the national grid, Pakistan has almost stopped.
Metro speed stopped in many cities
Metro services have been affected in some cities including Lahore due to power outage. A video has emerged from Lahore, in which a metro can be seen standing on the middle track, after which passengers can be seen coming out of the emergency door of the metro and walking beside the track. Closing notices were seen outside metro stations in Lahore on Monday.
There was news of the work at the airport being affected due to power supply disruption. But the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan issued a statement saying that the electrical problems have now been resolved. At the major airports of the country, the work is now going on in a normal way. We are using standby power.
Hospital, business affected due to power failure
Normal functioning has been affected due to darkness in Pakistan on Monday. Many factories are closed on Monday due to power supply failure. Government hospitals in Islamabad have had to shut down their operation theatres, while some hospitals in Karachi are working on backup power.
Disturbance in Pakistan’s National Grid
Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy issued a statement on Monday morning saying that there was a disturbance in the National Grid at 7.34 am. Efforts are on to restore the power supply. The power supply of 117 grid stations of the Islamabad Electricity Supply Company has also been interrupted, due to which the country A large part of India has been plunged into darkness. Metro service has also been affected due to no electricity, due to which the passengers are facing a lot of difficulties.
According to Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), two transmission lines going from Guddu area of Sindh to Quetta got tripped. Due to this, electricity crisis has arisen in 22 districts of Balochistan including Quetta. Electricity has also failed in many areas of Karachi.
How did the National Grid get stalled?
The country’s national grid came to a standstill at 7.30 am on Monday, due to which the power supply was disrupted. After this, the country’s Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir had to come forward and say that this blackout has happened due to disturbances in the National Grid. But we are working to fix it.
He told that the demand for electricity decreases in winter, due to which power generation systems are temporarily closed at night. But when they were turned on on Monday morning, voltage fluctuations were observed and soon after that the power generating units were shut down one after the other.
How big is the crisis?
Pakistan’s Energy Minister Dastgir, however, has said on the injury of Danke that it is not a big crisis. Some power grids of the country have been restored. Grid stations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been restored.
But in the latest report of Dawn, it has been told that the power supply will not be completely restored in Pakistan before 10 pm local time.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and former Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari reprimanded the government and said that there is a power breakdown in the country since morning. The incompetent people sitting in power in the country are responsible for this. They looted the country and sent the money abroad.
Expressing concern over this breakdown, journalist Haris Tohid has said that this power crisis has increased fear among the common people of the country. They are beginning to feel that now the country is moving towards a serious energy crisis.
Electricity becomes expensive in Pakistan
Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority had recently increased the rates of electricity in Karachi by Rs 3.30 per unit. Apart from this, there was an increase in electricity rates from Rs 1.49 to Rs 4.46 per unit for different consumer categories.
After the implementation of the new rates, consumers are getting electricity at the rate of Rs 43 per unit. On this, the government is also giving subsidy to power companies at the rate of Rs 18 per unit. To overcome the power crisis, the government of Pakistan had decided to close the market and restaurants at 8 pm in December 2022.
The people of Pakistan have to pay about four times more for electricity as compared to India. The average rate of residential electricity bill in India is Rs 6 to 9 per unit. At the same time, the rate of electricity for commercial use is on an average 10 to 20 per unit. On the one hand, every morning is bringing a new challenge for the people of Pakistan. On the other hand, its own government is giving shocks to the people.
Pakistan gets hit one after the other
The financial condition of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone. Here the economic crisis is getting worse and worse. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have reduced to $4.343 billion, in which Pakistan will hardly be able to withdraw for two weeks. Pakistan, which is already suffering from food crisis, is now surrounded by power crisis.
Inflation is skyrocketing in Pakistan. The inflation rate here is around 25 percent. The wheat crisis has created a dire situation. The country is yearning for wheat. Here the supply is very less as compared to the demand, due to which there is food shortage. Burdened under debt, Pakistan is standing on the threshold of poverty.