KARACHI - Electricity supply was suspended across Karachi and Hyderabad as well as in several other parts of Sindh due to technical problem in the national grid line, adversely affecting businesses and routine life of people in holy month of Ramazan.
After light rains early Friday morning, Jamshoro grid tripped due to short-circuit and power supply was suspended to many areas which also included Jamshoro, Nawabshah, Dadu, Matiari, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin, Sujawal, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Tando Muhammad Khan and Tando Allahyar.
The supply of 650 megawatt electricity from Wadpa to Karachi was also suspended which could not be restored till the Iftar despite claims of the authorities about early rectification of the problem.
Due to the power breakdown, pumping stations in Dhabeji, Gharo, Nak, Pepri and many other areas also stopped functioning, creating acute water shortage in the city. It was Jummatul Wida (the last Friday of Ramazan) but many people could not get water for ghusal (bath) or even ablution.
However, spokesman of K-Electric (Formerly: Karachi Electric Supply Company Ltd), which is the main provider of electric power to Karachi, twitted that the entire city was without power due to the tripping of production units, adding that the K-Electric administration was in constant contact with the National Grid for resolution of the issue.
He claimed that ‘re-energisation’ is underway as there has been a tripping in the NTDC transmission line, which has desynchronised ‘our’ power plants. Teams were working to bring the system back online. He further said KE's board production units had tripped due to the tripping of production units in the National Grid.
On the other hand, Sindh Minister for Local Government and Information Sharjeel Innam Memon directed Local Government secretary, KMC administrator, all the district administrators and municipal commissioners to monitor the situation after rain and ensure the drainage of rain water from metropolis. He along with the officials of local bodies and Karachi Water Board visited several areas including Clifton, Defence, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Gizri and Sarjani Town to review the situation after rain.
Meanwhile, the minster has sought report from KWSB managing director regarding breaking of 72 inch diameter pipeline due to electricity breakdown at Dhabeji pumping station and directed early repair of pipeline to ensure supply of water to citizens. Taking notice of the breakdown of electricity at the pumping stations he urged the K-Electric authorities to exempt the pumping stations from power cuts.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and others also directed the authorities to restore the electricity. They said the public should be taken into confidence over the power breakdown so that there is no unrest due to confusion.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement's coordination committee also took notice of the power breakdown in Karachi, Hyderabad and other areas of the province. The party condemned the situation, saying it was imperative that supply is resumed at the earliest. PPP leaders Abdul Qadir Patel, Najmi Alam and others also condemned the K-Electric and HESCO for their failure in restoring the electricity.