KARACHI: A large part of the metropolis plunged into darkness on Saturday night as a major fault occurred in the power distribution system of K-Electric (KE), ARY News reported.
According to KE, the massive power outage was caused when 500KV Jamshoro transmission line tripped on Saturday night, triggering the power breakdown in the entire province.
The power distribution in various parts of the city adversely affected as result of the tripping, causing power outage for more than two hours before Ramzan’s Sehri (Pre-dawn meal before fasting), adding to the misery of the citizens in suffocating summer nights.
The power breakdown affected several neighbourhoods of the city, including PECHS Block 2, Shah Faisal Colony, Surjani Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Saudabad, Sir Syed Town, North Karachi, Superhighway, Hyderi, Liaquatabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Malir, Malir Halt, Rafah-e-Aam, Airport, Numaish, Keamari, Jackson, Kharadar, Hawksbay, Shadman Town, and Federal-B Area.
It was the fourth major breakdown in the city in this summer that resulted in power outage for hours in the metropolis.
Moreover, the main transmission line of K-electric tripped in Hub – a city situated on outskirts of Karachi – reportedly causing eleven more grid stations to trip.
Subsequently, all pumping stations have also stopped functioning as result of power outages, sources at Karachi Water Board said.
Meanwhile, power distribution affected in several districts of Sindh including Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Matyari, Mirpurkhas and Tando Allahyar for several hours.
Hyderabad Electricity Supply Corporation (HESCO) spokesperson Muhammad Sadiq told media that 76 grid stations of the utility in 13 districts have tripped.
While K-Electric (KE) spokesperson Sadia Dada said that the process to restore power is underway and it might take two or three hours to restore power to the affected areas.
However, the power to the affected areas could not be restored within said time.
The current power interruption is due to Extra High Tension tripping in Jamshoro 500 KV line. pic.twitter.com/bTAUND4RuE
— KE (@KElectricPk) May 27, 2017
Reactions on Twitter
@KElectricPk kuch sharam karo kuch haya karo
— Noman A Rehman (@NomaNARehman) May 27, 2017
— Anique Ahmed (@AniqueAhmed16) May 27, 2017
@KElectricPk Almost daily light is going in the middle of night and till fajr . Shame on you K.e
— Dr.Farheen Kashif (@Faree34) May 27, 2017
@KElectricPk Na sharam hai na haya hai. Ganday mu say ramzan ka nam na lo
— Sadia_ (@unnamedkhi) May 27, 2017
@KElectricPk Don’t be hypocrite. Just right after the start of holy month, notice the shut downs:
7:35 – 7:55
9:55 – 12:05
2:45 am – Continue
— Ali Asad (@aagaahie) May 27, 2017
@KElectricPk Beghairti ki had hoti hai
— ASHFAQ KHAN (@ashkhan1975) May 28, 2017
@KElectricPk How long is this stupid restoration going to take? Cuz its been more than an hour since you posted this damn thing.
— Hamza Iqbal (@hamzaiqbal92) May 28, 2017