Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Tripping Of North System Leads To Power Breakdown Punjab, KPK Areas: Awais

Tripping Of North System Leads To Power Breakdown Punjab, KPK Areas: Awais

Tarbela dam power plant.

In the latest blow to the country's stretched power sector, a major power breakdown hit large swathes of Punjab and Khyber Pkhtunkhwa provinces on Wednesday, leaving people without electricity in scorching heat, ARY News reported.

It is also affecting Peshawar, Swat and Lakki Marwat and many cities of KP as well.

Meanwhile, the spokesman ministry of power division said National Power Control Center (NPCC) was restoring the system. He said Ghazi Barotha, Tarbela, Mangla had been synchronized and connected to the nation grid system.

Parts of KPK and Punjab including the federal capital experienced power break-down, he said and adding that power supply to Sindh, Balochistan and Karachi remained on.

"The [transmission] system returned to normal since 5:13pm", the minister said, adding that it would take another one or two hours in complete restoration of power supply countrywide.

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Patients at Lahore's Jinnah, Mayo, Gangaram, and Services hospitals faced enormous difficulties in the wake of hours-long outage.

In Lahore, the Punjab Assembly proceedings were also suspended due to the technical fault at Tarbela, with opposition members chanting slogans against the government for its inability to fix the country's power system.

Sources revealed airlines offices, baggage handling and the Airport Security Force base camp, amongst other areas, were without electricity.

The loss of power also caused misery for patients and attendants at Rawalpindi's Benazir Bhutto Hospital, with the public hospital's generators also failing to give backup supply of electricity. They have said that 10 hours of load shedding will cause major setback to the work performance of the industry.

Taking notice of the move All Pakistan Textile Mills Association has announced protests.

The minister explained that Secretary Power Division himself is sitting in the National Power Control Centre in Islamabad to monitor the situation closely.

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