Karachi hit by major power breakdown

Published: May 28, 2017
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Most parts of Karachi were without power at Sehri time in the wee hours of Sunday. PHOTO: AFP

Most parts of Karachi were without power at Sehri time in the wee hours of Sunday. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: More than half of Karachi has plunged into darkness after a major breakdown in the distribution system of K-Electric, the electric-energy corporation involved in generating, transmitting, and distributing electrical power to over 23 million citizens of the mega city.

“The breakdown was caused by tripping in 500KV Jamshoro line,” K-Electric spokesperson Saadia Dada told The Express Tribune. “The KE distribution system remained intact. Outage was triggered due to EHT tripping in 500KV Jamshoro line (National Grid). Due to cascading effect 50 to 60% of the city was affected,” the spokesperson added.

According to reports, the power breakdown— which took place two hours before sehri—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.

The main transmission line of K-electric tripped in Hub, just outside Karachi, causing eleven more grid stations to trip, according to media report. Karachi Water Board sources say that all pumping stations have also stopped functioning.

Similarly, several districts of Sindh, including Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Matyari, Mirpurkhas and Tando Allahyar have also been without power supply for several hours. A spokesperson for the Hyderabad Electricity Supply Corporation (HESCO), Muhammad Sadiq, says that 76 grid stations of the utility in 13 districts have shut.

He adds that the 500KV Jamshoro transmission line tripped, triggering the power breakdown in the province.

The K-Electric spokesperson admitted that the breakdown affected 50 to 60% of the city, according to media reports. The spokesperson apologised to Karachiites for the breakdown.

The KE later said it might take two or three hours to restore power to the affected areas.

Separately, the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board said that owing to the power outage in the pumping stations many areas of the metropolis might not receive water.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Ts
    May 28, 2017 - 5:11AM

    No electricity in hyderabad too. Pathetic wapda managementRecommend

  • Sameer
    May 28, 2017 - 5:23AM

    Shame on inefficient and incompetent mànagement of K-Electric. Despite paying 100%hefty bills you have made us to live under darkness and extreme heat.
    NS shameless and disgraced PM, you are punishing Karachiites for not voting for you. Feel some shame pm and punish k-Electric for their criminal incompetence. They’re earning billions in profits but not improving power distribution system. Incompetent Sindh government is also partner in crime. Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 28, 2017 - 7:08AM

    Same old story (not news item but sorry state of affairs) over and over again. Whenever this happens, the mass and file should have the ability to flick the switch on any power reaching the homes of the political elite, even those cocooned in Dubai. Maybe they will get their act together then instead of making valid promises pre-Election.Recommend

  • Etna Cincinati
    May 28, 2017 - 9:33AM

    Such gross mismanagement! When you are blinded by hatred it is no surprise that a basic necessity like electricity may get overlooked and neglected. Pakistan must seriously consider looking after it’s basic requirements before trying to hurt India with a thousand cuts. Recommend

  • Lorie Pura
    May 28, 2017 - 10:15AM

    Hmmmm……maybe it’s time to change your electric power…….Recommend

  • Nazeer Sahar
    May 28, 2017 - 10:33AM

    A massive electricity breakdown is a gift for Rozedars by HESCO and KE. Rozedars should not be ungrateful; they should keep these officials in their “Prayers “.Recommend

  • m.zafaruddin
    May 28, 2017 - 12:23PM

    in Chitral we are also facing a lot of loadsheding and low voltage problem.but no one is responsible to solve this burning issue.Recommend

  • Naqi
    May 28, 2017 - 7:23PM

    This is 3rd continuous 1st Ramazan (2015, 2016, 2017) with load shedding at Sehri Time. Hat-Trick by KElectric. I am sure it is done deliberately.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    May 29, 2017 - 12:07PM

    @Etna Cincinati:
    Wish they Understand this. The only thing that matters for most of the Pakistanis is Kashmir.
    The Rest of us Do not matter for them. Recommend

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