Pakistan is currently going through one of the most threatening problems and issues which is the load shedding of Electricity for both domestic and commercial use. This issue has been very devastating for the national economy as the industries have been adversely affected due to this drastic short fall. Currently Pakistan is facing more than 6000 mega watts short fall due to which in the urban areas the load shedding of electricity is being done on a regular schedule of 10-12 hours daily while in the rural areas the situation is even worse as the people living in rural areas the schedule of Load shedding is almost 15-16 hours daily which is just too much and due to this excessive and continuous rising shortfall has made the lives of the people of Pakistan very much problematic. At present Pakistan is producing round about 14,000 mega watts of electricity while the consumption which is ever increasing due to the needs and the high population of the local people has reached 20,000 mega watts so the shortfall of 6000 mega watt is the main and moist crucial reason for this load shedding.
The destructive load shedding which is being done in Pakistan has been frustrating for Pakistani people because it has affected their routine work and the most importantly has affected the businesses which are being processed in the country. Electricity is considered to be one of the most crucial and basic necessity for running any business and industry and its short fall has dented the national economy. Many locals who were running their industries in the state have taken their units out of the country which has significantly reduced the production of the country and the economy which was already very poor has even fallen down to a major extent.
The protest of load shedding has been made all over the country in which various extremist and violent people have even wasted a lot of national property of people and government which has been the threat to the law and order situation of the state. The government on the other hand been poor and very much unrealistic in dealing with the issue and initially they relied on the rental power plants which increased the cost of the electricity and the burden was being made on the shoulders of the local people which were not done. The government has not shown any clear intention of producing and increasing the production on their own my making more production plants active and operative and are still very much focus on importing it which is not the right solution. The federal government of Pakistan has to deal with this issue on high priority basis because this load shedding of electricity is one of most deadly hindrance in between the growth and success of Pakistan.
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Massive load shedding has made summer vacations miserable for students, as pupils are not able to fulfill their plans, Pakistan Today has learnt. Students in quest of relaxation and summer-related activities are passing their days at home with great stress owing to continuous power outages. Thousands of pupils, who gave Matriculation and O Levels exams, have been dismayed claiming that their plans were badly damaged due to the aforementioned reasons. They are also unable to visit fitness clubs and swimming pools, as power outages spoil such plans as well.
Students going to summer camps also complain about the lack of proper facilities and claimed that uninterrupted power suppliers (UPS) could not work for a long time. Pupils said that teachers also did not take much interest in summers due to intense muggy conditions. Students, appearing in entry tests of engineering, medicine and other prgrammes, are also facing immense problems in preparing for the tests in intense power outages.
They criticised the authorities concerned saying that neither they were allowed to prepare properly for Intermediate exams nor allowed to give one of the most important tests of their careers due to load-shedding. A teacher said that students were least interested in summer camps because they were not able to complete their sleep. He said that purpose of summer camps was to polish skills of students but the camps are proving to be an additional burden on students.
Class 6 student Hamza Butt said that computer gaming was his passion but he could not play it continuously thanks to load shedding. He said that students wait for summer vacations for a whole year but got nothing except outages. Hamza said that whenever he went to play cricket or football in a nearby ground, electricity was gone, which makes life intolerable for him.
Students with different habits, including creation of computer graphics, painting, gaming, watching TV and other activities, said that outdoor hobbies had already been minimised in the city due to poor law and order, whereas, power shortage was adding insult to injury.
Students with reading habits claim that their eyesight was affected by studying books in dim light. They said that students needed a good environment to study but unfortunately it was not available to them. Sitting like ducks without any creative or productive activity was extremely difficult, class 8 student Momin said. He said that the foremost purpose of summer vacations was recreation but nothing was left for him except going to restaurants. He said that medical experts advise citizens to avoid eating from restaurants, which almost finishes all recreation options. In depressing times for the country, citizens need proper entertainment and opportunities, Momin said. He said that one could not even visit a public library while fearing load shedding.
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