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K-Electric slammed as Karachi suffers blackout on first day of Ramazan

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.



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