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Karachi hit by massive power breakdown

KARACHI: Several parts of Karachi plunged into darkness in wee hours of Monday after the transmission line with the national grid tripped, ARY News reported.

Areas including Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, North Karachi, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Federal B. Area, Garden, Shadman, Azizabad, Saddar, Kharadar, Lyari, old city areas and Steel Mill were affected by the power breakdown.

According to K-Electric Spokesperson, “Supply to city is affected following tripping in transmission line of National Grid. Restoration efforts are underway. We regret inconvenience caused to customers and request their cooperation during this time.”

Karachi had witnessed similar power cuts in last couple of months caused by fault in transmission lines.

This is the third major power breakdown in less than two months’ time to hit the port city. Recent power outages were reported on October 7 and October 21.

Following the Oct 4 breakdown, Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan had directed the authorities to probe the matter thoroughly to see if any preventive maintenance was carried out by both the National Transmission & Dispatch Company (NTDC) and KE to avoid such a situation.

However, no update was shared afterwards on the fate of the ‘investigation’ and impact of the minister’s directives to the power utility.

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