Karachi faced another night of blackout on Tuesday, when a 220 kilovolt power line at Bin Qasim power plant tripped. This led to tripping of two other power plants, which resulted in total darkness for some areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.
A broken conductor at the Bin Qasim power plant was the reason behind the tripping. When the Bin Qasim plant tripped, Jamshoro power plant and a line from the national grid also tripped. Almost 1300 kilowatts of electricity wasn’t producing since the Bin Qasim power plant produces 560 megawatts, Jomshoro power plant produces 660 megawatts, and 500 kilowatts was lost through the National Transmission and Distribution Company line connected to the national grid.
Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Kotri, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Nawabshah, Hub, Lasbela, and some other areas in Balochistan were plunged in darkness. Residents of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Korangi, Landhi, Defence, Saddar, FB Area, Tariq road were without electricity for more than 7 hours. The tripping occurred at night which forced many residents to visit malls and eat Sehri at restaurants. The supply of water to these areas was also suspended to these areas. Karachi already has experienced prolonged blackouts this Ramadan resulting in more than 1,200 deaths.