The Federal Government of Pakistan, led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz , is planning to declare thirty five big cities of Pakistan free from load shedding by the end of 2017. This will be part of load management process involving step by step improvement in the system.
Pakistan’s current energy generating capacity is 24,830 MW, and the full potential is not operating due to mismanagement in payments and fuel supplies and shortage of gas. However, the recent import of LPG in country has fulfilled a portion of the demand.
The proposed cities which will be declared free from load shedding are Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Mianwali, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Gujrat, Okara, Narowal, Abbotabad, Peshawar, Swat, Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan, Mansehra, Kohat, Noshehra, Swabi, Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nawab Shah, Sukkur, Sanghar, Badin, Mirpur Khas, Quetta, Gawadar and Sibbi.
It has been informed to the government by concerned authorities that load shedding will be ended only if big projects are completed in time. The major projects include Bhikki Power Plant, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Diamer-Bhasha Dam, Wind Mill Projects, Small Hydro Power Projects in KPK and Coal fired power plants.
The CPEC projects includes a major portion of investment in power production sector which will set a new production level of power in the country by 2018.