Massive power breakdown hits major parts of Pakistan

Massive power breakdown hits major parts of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – A power transmission fault led to a major electricity breakdown in various areas of Sindh and Punjab on Thursday.

Reports in local media said at least six units were tripped as an extra high-tension line tripped, resulting in the closure of more than 30 grids.

The country’s largest city Karachi remained the worst city as power outages were observed in several areas including Gulshan-e-Maymar, FB Area, Liaquatabad, SITE, Superhighway, North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Surjani Town, Gulshan, Shah Faisal Malirm, Orangi Town, Baldia, Saddar, Safora Chowrangi, Scheme 33 and surrounding areas were also among the areas without power.

Karachi Electric spokesperson shared a tweet saying “There are reports of multiple outages from different parts of the city. We are investigating the issue and will keep this space posted”.

Ministry of Energy called the breakdown an 'accidental fault' in the transmission system. In a tweet, it said "Several power plants in the south are tripping in phases due to an accidental fault in the country’s southern transmission system. As a result, there have been disruptions in the supply of electricity to the country’s south".

Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan also holds a presser and announced that power would be fully restored to normalcy by tonight