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Parts of Karachi again plunge into darkness as K-Electric fails to supply power

Updated May 18, 2017 11:40pm

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Workers sit outside a workshop during a power outage in Karachi. —Reuters
Workers sit outside a workshop during a power outage in Karachi. —Reuters

A larger part of Karachi again plunged into darkness on Thursday as the K-Electric's power plant in Bin Qasim reportedly developed faults.

Old city areas were among the most affected areas whereas several areas across the city, including Shah Faisal Colony and New Karachi, also reported massive power outage.

According to the statistics, being provided by KE, the demand for electricity in the city was almost 2,950 megawatt, whereas available electricity was 2,375mw, showing a shortfall of 575mw.

It was for the second time in the week when the KE's power plant developed faults. Four major breakdowns have been reported in the city during last 22 days.

KE officials have claimed that the issue has been resolved and the power supply has started to restore.

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Comments (12) Closed



ga May 18, 2017 11:08pm

KESC is always powerless to provide power to power-starved citizens. But the power-hungry powerfuls will apply all within their powers to get power for their homes. People power is whats needed to provide a powerful response to the powers that be so that the powerful and the weak both have power - from KESC!

Khanm May 18, 2017 11:55pm

Transporter strike cost us x much how much black out costs ..What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is our candle.

DAVID- KARACHI May 19, 2017 12:46am

I think good for all Karachities. Why they elected same parties all the time. Same corrupt parties on our head from generations and parties representative lived in Defense or Dubai or England. They damn care about poor people

Sarkari May 19, 2017 01:17am

This has increased after K-electric was sold to Shangai Electric of China.. As most of the country's manufacturing is happening around Karachi, China wants to cripple manufacturing sector so it will wither away slowly and completely disappear from country and China can start dumping their goods into the country. It is China's ambition to destroy manufacturing in Pakistan's nook and corner.

Iqbal bhai May 19, 2017 01:52am

KE is technically incompetent and all the public campaigns are useless if you can't provide the electricity.

Alfred May 19, 2017 03:56am

Welcome to dark age

JUSTICE May 19, 2017 04:18am

What else is new.? The saga of darkness will continue throughout the summer in the largest city of Pakistan and this been going on for many years. The PPP government is busy in the election campaign, providing electricity and water is not the priority of PPP government and never will be.

Praveen Chowdary Kanumilli May 19, 2017 04:58am

K-Electric, a China Company?

(3H) May 19, 2017 05:36am

KESC was privatized in a most irresponsible manner, and the result is before us. KE has promised to complete certain projects in time, replace the old generation plants,and equipments, but very little was done. The Provincial Govt,as well as Federal Govt must pay attention to power issue,imperative for industrial growth, as well as common citizens.In industrialized nations no one can even think of power outages,water non- availability,or bad sanitation,hygiene.Please learn to live like a modern developed society,and try to deliver good governance.

BUBBAAzmi May 19, 2017 09:13am

It is now Chinese owned , yet this problem persists .

M. Emad May 19, 2017 04:47pm

K-Electric could import electricity from India.

badeMiyaa May 20, 2017 07:25am

Have patience... The game changer CPEC is on its way from the all weather friend China. Uighur brothers do not have any problems.