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ElectricISLAMABAD: The persistent load shedding schedule is causing numerous troubles as the gap between the electricity supply and demand is continuously widening in the country.

According to a private news channel, the total power generation of Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) is currently recorded at 9,500 megawatts, while the demand has shot up to 15,500 megawatt, leaving a shortfall of 6,000 megawatts.

The duration of power outage in all major cities has been increased to 12 hours a day while in rural areas it has been increased to 18 hours.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is facing loadshedding for more than 16 hours a day and power comes for an hour after every two to three hours of loadshedding.

The residents of Quetta are suffering from six to eight hours a day of consistent power outage.

The electricity shortfall in Sindh, including Hyderabad, has reached 800 megawatts and the citizens are bearing long hours of unscheduled and unpredictable load shedding.

In various cities of Punjab 10 to 16 hours load shedding has crippled the cycle of life.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

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