Islamabad, Rawalpindi Faced Massive Power Failure
Islamabad, Rawalpindi Faced Massive Power Failure: Islamabad and Rawalpindi yesterday suffered a massive power breakdown after the tripping of two grid stations due to a technical fault.
Two Grid Stations Tripped
According to a spokesperson of the power division, two 500kv grid stations, including Ghakkar, tripped due to a technical fault. “The systems are operational otherwise, the power supply has been suspended for the twin cities only.” He added that restoration work at both grid stations is underway.
The power breakdown comes a week after large rows of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were deprived of electricity for almost 10 hours.
A technical fault in one of the three major dams or the 500kV transmission lines triggered a domino effect and took down the ageing national grid, suspending work at factories and businesses in the industrial heartland and highlighting the challenges successive governments have faced in getting to grips with chronic power shortages.
Last week, a major power breakdown hit multiple cities across the country. Sources say that major parts of Punjab including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur and more, remained without electricity since roughly 9.20 am. Some parts of KPK got affected as well.
The power failure had been caused by a breakdown at Tarbela power plant. Repair work has already commenced on the power plant, however, no timeline has been given for completion of repairs.
Work is also undergoing to get the Ghazi-Barotha hydel power plant online in order to combat the energy shortfall.
The power breakdown didn’t even spare operations at the New Islamabad International Airport. The offices of airlines, baggage handling, and the Airport Security Force base camp, remained without power, according to reports.
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