ISLAMABAD - Amid hours long unannounced power outages with ongoing severe spell of cold across the country, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has approved 27paisa per unit hike in the power tariff on account of monthly fuel price adjustment.

Reliable sources told that power distributing companies (Discos) have sought 45 paisa per unit hike in the power tariff under the head monthly fuel price adjustment for the month of November 2013. However, the regulatory has approved 27-paisa hike power tariff, which would be applicable on all power consumers of all Discos with immediate effect besides the consumers of Karachi Electric Supply Company.  At present the country is experiencing worst every energy crisis due to many known and unknown reasons.

The prevailing energy crisis has resulted in increase in the duration of power outages in cities and rural areas of the country by up to 8-10 hours a day while low or zero gas pressure has added to the woes of common man as 40 per cent domestic consumers are without gas. Every segment of society is forced to bear the brunt of energy shortage that devastated the routine and business life of the country and left the people in extreme distress. Thousands went jobless, as business and commercial activities had been minimised due to power outages coupled with gas shortages that resulted in the form of closure of industry and CNG filling stations across Pakistan.

It is to note here that consumers are facing hours long unscheduled power outages coupled with sky-rocketing power tariff for a long time. This upward trend of power tariff hike on monthly basis is continuously adding miseries to the already over burdened power consumers.

Ironically, reduced gas and power supply have badly affected the routine of school children and other employees. Study hours of students have been badly affected, as they cannot study at night. Similarly, large and small-scale businesses in the country are under severe stress ostensibly due to above-mentioned reasons.

Different political parties have so far voiced against the soaring inflation and the ongoing energy crisis. They have threatened to launch a series of massive protest demonstrations across the country. The political forces were of the stand that the non-availability of natural gas and power in the chilly weather had made the lives of public miserable. The unscheduled and prolonged electricity loadshedding coupled with gas outages have irked the masses and turned the life miserable across Pakistan.