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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Power Minister forms committee to probe “accidental” electric breakdown

Parts of Sindh, Balochistan, and Punjab witnessed a major power shutdown on Thursday as the electricity supply was suspended in several areas due to a fault in the southern electricity transmission system of the country.

Following a major breakdown that affected large parts of the country, Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan has formed an inquiry committee to investigate the breakdown.

According to the details, parts of Sindh, Balochistan, and Punjab witnessed a major power shutdown on Thursday as the electricity supply was suspended in several areas due to a fault in the southern electricity transmission system of the country.

The Ministry of Energy attributed the breakdown to an“accidental fault“ in the transmission system. There is a 5,000-megawatt shortfall in the national grid due to the disruption in the transmission line.

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“Several power plants in the south are tripping in phases due to an accidental fault in the country’s southern transmission system. As a result, there have been disruptions in the supply of electricity to the country’s south,” the ministry said in a tweet following reports of power outages.

Cities without electricity

In a press conference, Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan assured the nation that the electricity transmission system will be “completely restored” between Maghrib and Isha.

“We will restore the system between maghrib and isha,” Khan said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad. He informed the nation that an inquiry team has been formed to investigate the matter, which will submit its report within five days.

Power outages were observed in Gulshan-e-Maymar, FB Area, Liaquatabad, SITE, Superhighway, North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Surjani Town, Gulshan, Shah Faisal, and Malir. Orangi Town, Baldia, Saddar, Safora Chowrangi, Scheme 33 and surrounding areas were also among the areas without power.

Other districts of Sindh that were without power were Hyderabad, Thatta, Jamshoro, Sujawal, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar; Mirpurkhas, Umarkot, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Matiari, Tharparkar, Larkana.

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Meanwhile, Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) has stated that at least 28 districts of Balochistan were left without power due to the fault. He added at least three electricity units providing 220 kvs of power were affected due to the fault.

On the other hand, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) spokesperson Multan and South Punjab were affected by the power breakdown.