Fuel price has increased abnormally in the world market due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war that started after the novel coronavirus pandemic that still pervades all over the globe. Its adverse impact has fallen on our country too. The energy sector has to suffer huge losses resulting in an unusual countrywide power crisis. The country reportedly faces a daily shortage of 1,000-1,500 megawatts of electricity. The power department struggles to meet the electricity demand in the country's industrial sector. Faced with an unprecedented situation, the government has decided to carry out area-wise load-shedding across the country, including Dhaka city, for a specific period each day from July 19 onward.
At the initial stage, the authorities concerned announced a one-hour power cut every day. But, regrettably, as per the second lead story of this newspaper, load-shedding breaks the schedule. In many areas of the country, it takes place for up to 12 hours each day much to the sufferings of general people. Residents in several areas of the capital also experienced additional load-shedding. To escape from the intense heat, many of them took to the streets leaving their houses. Frequent load-shedding is also hampering production in mills and factories. Enraged by similar incident, people of certain localities have staged violent protests. A few days ago, aggrieved people staged protests blocking the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.