SHIKARPUR - WAHEED PHULPOTO -  A major power breakdown yesterday struck some parts of Sindh owing to some fault in the main supply line coming from Guddu Thermal Power Station.

As per details, the power breakdown occurred because of fault in the main supply line of 132KV. As a result, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Gotki, Sukkur, Dadu, Bahawalpur, Multan and other districts of South Punjab were badly affected.

According to a private TV channel, the five districts lost power supply as branches of Guddu Thermal Power Plant’s 132KV main transmission line broke and fell into Guddu Barrage.

More than five key towers fell down, leading to the power supply suspension. The transmission line leads to Sukkur and Hyderabad grid stations. Hyderabad, Ghotki, Kherpur, Sukkur and Dadu had no electricity for more than eight hours.

Reportedly, the main transformer of Guddu Thermal Power House in Kashmore caught fire and electricity was suspended to Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) and different parts for more than six hours as transmission lines in Sheikhupura had tripped. The outage affected number of cities, including Attock, Jhelum, Multan and Faisalabad, said officials.

On the other hand, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the National Assembly that construction work on Dasu Dam project would be executed in the next few months. He said the project cost was Rs 486,093.30 million.

This is second massive electricity breakdown in about a week and a half. Last week, Mangla power station tripped due to a technical glitch, leaving Several Punjab cities, including Lahore lost power supply.