LAHORE – With consecutive long power cuts of two to three hours, Lesco is conducting 12 to 14 hours loadshedding in its urban and rural limits. The national grid is facing 50 per cent shortfall in demand and supply. Major power plants are running dry as fuel arrangements for them yet to be made. At current, demand is standing around 14,000MW against total availability of 8,000MW in energy basket while more than 1,000MW among the available generation goes to VVIP feeders and other strategically important instalments on daily basis.

The Lesco, at city feeders is conducting 12 hours load shedding with unscheduled and worst tripping. The city life has badly disrupted due to unavailability of electricity most of time. The situation in other distribution companies is also not different from that of Lesco.

FIR registered over larvae finding: The Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD) anti-dengue squads on Thursday inspected a number of under-construction sites in Gulberg and Johar Town area and got registered the FIR and issued notices to building owners after finding larvae at these places.

The EPD Secretary Sher Alam Mahsud along with anti-dengue squad inspected five under-construction buildings in Gulberg area and found larvae in an open water tank at Fat-Burger under construction building at MM Alam Road.

The secretary directed the EPD squad to clear the tank water and got registered a case against the building owner. Meanwhile, two notices were also issued to Al-Fateh Arcade and 9-C building for not adopting precautionary measures regarding dengue.

Mahsud directed the EPD squads to prepare a detailed banner having all precautionary measures regarding dengue and placed it on all the under construction sites in the said area.

Earlier, the squads also inspected thirteen plant nurseries in Model Town area and issued them verbal warring to cover their water ponds in their nurseries.

The officials also asked them to cover their pots and to avoid placing them under open sky. 

Similarly, another anti-dengue squad under the supervision of Director General EPA Punjab, Farooq Hameed Sheikh inspected four under construction sites and issued notices to Aiwan-e-Quaid-e-Azam building and EOBI Building in Johar Town area after larvae was found in the said buildings.

Talking to the media, DG EPA Farooq Hameed said that every individual have to come forward and join hands with government departments to fight against dengue. He said that Environment department will continue this drive till the time not even a single dengue breeding site will be eliminated.