KARACHI: A major part of the metropolis plunged into darkness again late on Saturday night third such instance in a week’s time as there were reports of a technical breakdown at Bin Qasim thermal plant, it has been learnt.
K-Electric sources revealed that due to the technical fault at Bin Qasim thermal power plant, more than 15 grid stations on the main supply line tripped resulting in power blackout throughout the city up till Gharo.
As a result of the power failure, the electricity supply was disconnect to city’s Industrial Zone, Port Qasim, Pakistan Steel Mills, Landhi, Korangi, Karachi airport, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Bhains Colony, Quaidabad, Malir, Liaquatabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Federal B.Area, Buffer Zone, Shadman, PECHS and some areas of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The power breakdown also affected commercial activities of the city with business centres and markets turned dark, and people facing difficulties making their way out of densely populated shopping malls.
K-Electric did not give any timeframe when their engineers would fully rectify the fault.
People in various localities faced hardship because of the widespread breakdown that caught them unawares, particularly at a time when Ramazan’s final days have begun and preparations for Eid are round the corner.
Karachiites are facing acute water shortage as the prolonged power breakdown suspended power supply to pumping stations.
According to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) spokesman, the power breakdown has affected 206 million gallon water supply to city from Dhabeji and Pepri pumping stations.
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