Pakistan turns to energy saving bulbs to tackle crisis

April 15th, 2008 - 4:24 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, April 15 (DPA) Energy-starved Pakistan plans to distribute 10 million low-consumption light bulbs to reduce the load on national grids, a news report said Tuesday. Pakistan is currently producing around two-thirds of its power demand, with an overwhelming deficit of around 4,000 megawatts. Domestic and industrial consumers have been hit hard by continual power cuts.

The state-run National Energy Conservation Centre (Enercon) Monday tasked the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) with arranging the delivery of energy-saving bulbs across the country, the daily newspaper Dawn reported.

PEPCO will assess the capacity of local manufacturers to fill the huge order, and in case of shortfall it will approach the authorities to import the bulbs.

Pakistan’s new coalition government that was sworn in last month had announced a 100-day relief package with an improvement in energy situation high on the agenda.

Scores of people rallied in he Punjab’s Multan city Tuesday, one day after a violent mob led by idled workers of looms vandalized several utility buildings and set dozens of vehicles and government properties on fire.

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