KARACHI: Almost 70 percent of the city is still without electricity after a major break down in Bin Qasim Power Plants. Teams from K-Electric have restored electricity in some parts of the city.
With Karachi being the worst hit city, parts Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and some areas of Punjab were out of power after a major technical fault crippled the national grid here on Tuesday night, according to a private TV channel. “A 220 KV transmission line malfunctioned after a conductor on a power pylon broke down. As a result Bin Qasim Power Plants tripped offline,” a spokesman for K-Electric, Karachi’s main power utility said. “There was a big blast after which transmission to lines in the city were disrupted.”
The spokesperson also clarified that K-Electric was not responsible for the breakdown. “We have reports that a huge part of the metropolis is facing a blackout,” Qureshi added. According to the power company mouthpiece, engineers were racing against time to fix the breakdown.
In Karachi, dozens of grid stations tripped offline, leaving at least 90 per cent of the city submerged in darkness. Similar reports were pouring in from other parts of Sindh by the time of filing this report. The electricity supply to most of Balochistan including areas like Kalat, Sorab, Mangochar etc, while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial capital Peshawar, Hazara Division, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Oggi, Batgaram were plunged in the darkness.