No power outages in the city today: KESC


Shahzad Jillani July 07, 2010

KARACHI: Unannounced power outages will not take place till Thursday announced the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) as the pleasant weather has reduced the load on power plants.

“There will be no power outages by KESC today as 250 megawatts of additional electricity supply will be given by Independent Power Producers (IPP),” said KESC’s spokesperson Amir Abbasi, adding that Gul Ahmed and Tapal are the two sources that will supply electricity to the city.

“There were no shortfalls due to the weather as consumers depended less on air conditioners so power consumption decreased,” he told The Express Tribune.

Referring to the blast at Jamshoro Hub Circuit on Wednesday, Abbasi said that power supply from the Water and Power Development Authority became zero following the blast. The Jamshoro circuit supplies power mostly to areas in upper Sindh while one line comes down to Karachi as well.

A shortfall occurred in the city as power supply was suspended from this source but KESC will use electricity from the IPPs to overcome the crisis.

Several people believed that some parties were behind the blast at Jamshoro Hub Circuit to protest the Chashma-Jhelum Link Canal but party officials cleared all doubts. They said that they had to no idea where and why the blast took place.

Regional Police Officer Hyderabad Fayyaz Leghari told The Express Tribune that the blast at Janshoro Hub Circuit was an accident and no other motives were found behind it.

“In our initial findings it was revealed that the explosion occurred due to some technical fault in the lines and there were no clues of sabotage at the Hub,” Leghari said.

Meanwhile, the KESC spokesperson was proud that the overall situation in the city was positive even after the heavy rainfall on Wednesday. “In some areas, the feeders tripped and our team worked on it but the overall situation was good as there were no power outages,” Abbasi claimed.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2010.

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