Despite claims made by the authorities about enhancing power supply, the intensity of loadshedding has not subsided.
The gap in the demand and supply of electricity remained at over 6,000 MW, leading to 10-12 hours loadshedding in urban and 16-18 hours in the rural areas of the country. Annoyed by persistent outages, people took to the streets in various cities and towns of Punjab to lodge their protest against the curse of blackouts amid exceptionally hot weather.
One such protest was organised on Ravi Road in the provincial metropolis where a fairly large number of people blocked the road. They chanted slogans against policymakers for their failure in making electricity supply smooth. They were of the view that the present government has badly failed in enhancing the generation of electricity, causing immense problems for the masses. The protesters threatened not to pay electricity bills if the department concerned failed to improve the power supply.