Power outage was not an ‘ordinary’ incident: Dastgir

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Power Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Saturday that the recent power outage incident was not ‘ordinary’, adding that a third-party assessment would also be conducted.

While addressing a press conference in Gujranwala, the minister said the inquiry report of the outage is expected to be submitted by October 17.

“It is an important report and I have also committed that we will get an impartial confirmation and a third-party validation done to see whether the report is correct or not and to assess if there is an attempt of cover-up in order to protect someone. It was a very serious incident,” the minister stated.

The minister stated that power across the country has now been fully restored. “It wasn’t an ordinary incident. Its effects started from Karachi and then reached some parts of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company which caused shutdowns. We recovered it stage-wise the day before yesterday.”

“Starting from Faisalabad then Multan, followed by Sukkur, Hyderabad, Balochistan and half of Karachi city’s supply was restored day before yesterday and the rest was restored yesterday morning,” he added.

Dastgir further said that currently the transmission and generation system in the country was normal and the usual load-shedding plan was being followed.

“There is no shutdown currently due to a problem in transmission anywhere in the country,” he said.

The minister added that due to the efforts of the ministry and National Power Construction Corporation, they were successful in saving the country from a complete blackout and were able to restrict it to some regions.

 

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