Electricity in 40 Percent of Karachi Has been Restored
KARACHI: A major power breakdown struck Karachi early Friday morning as power transmission lines near Jamshoro tripped, triggering a failure in the K-Electric (KE) grid plunging 90 per cent of the metropolis into darkness.
Ahmed Fraz, spokesman for K-Electric said electricity in forty percent of the city areas was restored, as the 500 kV transmission line started working again. However, the complete restoration of electricity will take five to six hours.
“The extra high tension wire of 500KV tripped near Jamshoro, plunging 80 percent of Karachi in the dark,” he said.
Sources said Wapda’s 500kv transmission line tripped causing a blast in extra high tension line passing through National Highway. The transmission lines are part of the National Transmission and Despatch Company's (NTDC) distribution system.
The official said that if KE had an adequate load management mechanism or backup system in place, there would not have been any breakdown.
KE in a statement attributed the tripping of transmission lines to high levels of humidity and said most grid stations had been energised via restoration of the alternate 220kv transmission line.
The 500kv power line tripped due to dense fog and was repaired by NTDC engineers, an initial report submitted to the Ministry of Water and Power by the National Power Control Centre stated, he said.
The areas affected by the sudden power outage, are II Chundrigar Road, Saddar, Burns Road, North Karachi, New Karachi, Federal B. Area and Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
The other affected areas are Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Landhi, Korangi, Shadman Town, Buffer Zone, Malir, Shah Faisal Colony, Bahadurabad, Defence, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Liaquatabad.
The power breakdown also affected water supply in some areas and Sindh Assembly.
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