7 junior officials suspended over power breakdown

A general view of a residential area is seen during a power breakdown in Karachi, Pakistan, January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro - RC2K4L9PI1C2

Zubair Qureshi


Seven junior-level officers were suspended on Sunday in the light of an inquiry by the Central Power Generation Company Ltd. These employees have been suspended “over negligence of duty which caused electricity failure” caused late night Saturday till Sunday morning and in some areas it persisted even after passage of 24 hours.
According to an office order issued with signature of Chief Executive Officer CPGCL, Guddu, Engineer Hammad Amer Hashmi, “seven employees working under Plant Manager III are placed under suspension with immediate effect and until further orders on account of negligence of duty which caused electricity failure found in view of preliminary enquiry.”
These employees include Additional Plant Manager Suhail Ahmed, Junior Engineer Deedar Ali Channa, Foreman Ali Hassan Golo, two operators Ayyaz Hussain Dahar and Saeed Ahmed and two attendants Siraj Ahmed Memon and Ilyas Ahmed. The order further says that these employees will be entitled for subsistence grant as admissible under the rules.
National Transmission and Despatch Company on Sunday announced to form a committee for inquiry into massive power breakdown. The NTDC said that the frequency level had dropped to zero from 50 in less than a second due to tripping in high transmission system following a technical fault at Guddo Thermal Power Plant at 11:41pm on Saturday night.

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