Karachi (May 28, 2017): Unscheduled and long power cuts have caused anger among the people of provincial capital and other areas during Sehri hours on first Ramazan.
The major areas of Karachi sank into darkness after the massive breakdown. These included Kharadar; Meethadar; M. A. Jinnah Road; various blocks of Federal B Area; many blocks of North Nazimabad; Garden South; KDA Scheme 1, New Karachi; North Karachi, Surjani Town, and many many other areas of the city.
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The massive pre-sehri power breakdown posed numerous hardships to the ladies of the house to prepare food for Sehri. It also deprived people the much needed rest with fans coming to a stop.
According to K-Electric sources the power suspension of supply from the national grid pushed the short already looming at around 400 megawatt to over 1,050 megawatt. The cut in power supply resulted in the shut down of 450 feeders.
The K-Electric sources attributed the power breakdown to tripping of extra high tension line.
Hundred of thousand of gallons of water could also not be pumped at the pumping stations of the Water Board due to the massive power breakdown and this has resulted in water shortage in many areas.
The power started getting reinstalled in many areas after 6 am.
People showed their resentments on social media over the electricity load shedding and asked the authorities to utilise all the resources to control the situation.
A major power outage was experienced in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Malir, FB Area, Liaquatabad, Landhi, Kharadar, North Karachi, Sir Syed Town, Shadman Town, Keamari, among others, as the clocks ticked to the time to start fasting. The electricity breakdown also continued in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Quaidabad, Steel Town, Hub, Maripur, Mochko, Naval Colony, and surrounding areas.
According to a National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) spokesperson, the power outage occurred due to an extra high-tension line tripping early Sunday morning, causing generators in Jamshoro and Hubco power plants to shut down. The disruption also hit Hyderabad, Mirpur Khas, Tando Allahyar and Matyari regions.
Sources in Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) warned of water supply crisis in the city as major pumping stations were without electricity.