Sehri in the dark: Parts of Karachi suffer blackouts again

For the past few weeks, the power infrastructure of Karachi has been under stress due to rising demand for power


Web Desk July 11, 2015
Karachi City stumbles once again into the darkness, major areas are facing blackouts. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: For the second time in a week, faults in the 220 Mega Watt (MW) extra high tension power line from Bin Qasim power station left swathes of Karachi without electricity early on Sunday.

The K-electric supply company said that due to 99 per cent humidity in Pipri, the 220MW Piri-ICI power line was tripping repeatedly, disrupting supply to 10 out of 64 grids.

In addition to power breakdown, power was also fluctuating which caused damage to appliances.

The breakdown affected large parts of the city including Gulshan-e-Maymar, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Korangi, Defence, Federal ‘B’ Area, Manzoor Colony, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Clifton, PECHS, Shadman Town among others.



K-Electric did not provide an estimated time for restoring power.

Earlier, this month large parts of Sindh and Balochistan into darkness, with reports that the cascading effect had also affected grids as far away as Peshawar.

For the past few weeks, the power infrastructure of Karachi has been under stress due to rising demand for power, forcing K-electric to operate at full load. The k-electric was already stretched due to the growing gap between consumption and supply

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COMMENTS (4)

Iqbal Ahmed | 5 years ago | Reply @Good Governance Forum: The worst part is that Govt does not seem serious in tackling the issue. Both provicial and Federal governments have been passing the blame on each other which is indicative of their reluctance to resolve the problem. Where should we go and to whom should we raise our voice. Karachiites are going through a helpless and hopeless situation.
Good Governance Forum | 5 years ago | Reply It's a strange city where downpour and humidity can trip off the grid stations, transmission lines and power plants. Are we really living in the 21st century? Or we are living in the 21st century with the 19th century infrastructure?
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