ISLAMABAD - The power crisis has reached the very dangerous limit as the shortfall has touched the record figure of 7,000 megawatt that resultantly has caused almost no electricity available in several areas of the country thus pushing them for the riots. Masses across the country are facing 12-16 hours loadshedding at the moment that has totally blocked their day-to-day activities. Up to 5-7 hours continuous loadshedding in several areas of the country has also been reported. This worst situation has triggered riots and masses are demanding to make sure the uninterrupted power supply from the government that it is proved unable to do it as what the data shows, there is no option available with the government to eliminate the menace of loadshedding in the country because it has not done any thing during the last three years while knowing that the problem will increase and the masses and the whole economy would suffer. In three days 2000 megawatts have been added to power shortfall from 5000 to 7000 MW. The sources in Ministry of Water and Power said though the Prime Minister has called energy conference but there is no short-term solution available to this grave issue. The government does not have a single project on cards to solve the energy issue in the country. All it involved in are political games those cannot solve the problems of the masses. The sources said that earlier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had adopted the novel ways to solve power issues that wasted the time and brought no results. At the moment there is only one thing that this government can do is to pay the Independent Power Producers or provide them fuel to generate electricity that can produce energy generation through IPPs from 4000 at the moment to 6000 MW. In coming few days, change in weather will also help in decreasing the demand for electricity that will give some temporary relief to the masses. But the sources said that relief would not last long as the government would have to take concrete steps to overcome this grave issue that it is not doing at all. About the energy generation sources, the sources said that only one run of the river dam Neelum Jhelum is under construction that will not be completed before 2016 and would add 966 megawatts to the national grid. It is worth mentioning here that no IPP is in line at the moment as well rather already installed IPPs are facing difficulties in electricity generation. The government increased power tariffs by 8-10 per cent under the head of surcharge and fuel adjustment starting from January 2011 but still unable to pay IPPs. Certain quarters also believe that sustainable solution is only hydel power generation but the government has done nothing in this regard. The government can never pay IPPs as the fuel based energy generation is not affordable at all and the country is facing gas crisis at the same time. Even if the government takes into consideration two holidays a week initiative that will not make a big difference as well. It is also pertinent to mention here that PEPCO faced a short recovery of Rs 100 billion this year that also contributed towards worsening the power crisis that it could not pay IPPs. The circular debt has again crossed the figure of Rs 250 billion. Few weeks back around 9 IPPs have served notices to government to call back their securities submitted with the government that they withdrawn on the assurance of being paid but still the government could not pay any significant amount to them. As per an expert 7000 megawatts shortfall simply means no electricity in the country. This much shortage means that in 24 hours for around 12 hours averagely the masses cannot enjoy this thing called electricity. Hydel generation would keep decreasing till November as to that time provinces do not need water and the primary purpose of dams is to serve agricultural needs of the country. It would increase when the wheat sowing will start in November and water would be needed so at that time water releases from the dams will be increased and hydel generation will increase consequently.