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Parts of Punjab, KP hit by massive power breakdown

Parts of Punjab, KP hit by massive power breakdown

Parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have been facing a massive power breakdown since this morning after the Tarbela, Mangla and Ghazi Barotha power plants tripped apparently due to faults in the main transmission line.

As a result, the national grid is facing a shortage of 4,000 megawatts, said a Power Division spokesperson. The restoration of electric supply has been started in the afternoon, claimed the spokesperson.

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"The NTDC's main transmission line developed some faults due to which five Discos are disturbed," said the spokesperson.

"Attempts have been made to restore Iesco and we have succeeded 60 to 70 per cent. But then Mangla was energised and suspended again. So far, four to five grid stations have been restored," he added.

"It will take some time. It could take hours to restore. Even if we get the supply [shortly], it will be provided step by step, but so far supply has not been received," he said.

Owais Laghari, federal minister for energy, told DawnNewsTV that a probe will be launched to establish the causes of the breakdown.

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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