Power Outage Galore

The daddy of all power outages has hit Pakistan today, including the areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. WAPDA sources informed that the breakdown was occurred due to malfunctioning in 500 KW transmission line from Tarbela dam. Among the cities affected were the capital Islamabad, Lahore, Jehlum, Chakwal, Gujranwala, Mansehra, Shangla, Butgram and Muzaffarabad.

After nearly 5 hours, electrical supply has been restored to some (read posh) areas of Islamabad by alternate means while most of Rawalpindi and the rural areas surrounding the cities remain in darkness. Although WAPDA has given no clear time frame for restoration of electricity to the rest of the city, news sources are quoting some estimates of 3 to 4 hours although it is possible that it could take longer.

Read more about it at Reuters, AP, and Pakistan Times

There could not have been a more auspicious start to the Holy Month of Ramadan… Felicitations everyone and may this month bring the blessings of the Almighty and His divine mercy for you and yours!

2 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    It’s a shame that Pakistani’s are grooved into viewing, and propagating only negative aspects of everything ensuring that people feel it’s all dismal out there. Secondly, we also make it a point to bring mistakes of others under spotlight immediately, instead of scratching the surface first. Understandably it was not one of the very best days for WAPDA, but it does not make things better for them if everyone is throwing sarcasm their way. These guys have been doing a kick ass job with the limited resources, and all sorts of problems that they have. Would you go out with your hands under the protection of worn out gloves to fiddle with one of the livewires in your areas; that’s all in a days work for them? They work on weekends, late into the night in rain or shine to make sure that we sip chilled sodas on our couches while ranting about all the hell they break loose over our people.

    Yes we have a lot of problems in our country. But it’s about time we also start to see the brighter side of things as well. I am sure WAPDA had no covert ambition to sabotage, or bestow the blessings of a blackout on us before the month of Ramazan.

    Ofocourse I was also pissed off at the black out there, but then I realised that even I make mistakes, big ones, but I do not have to go out there and face a million people everyday to explain why I blew up, when infact something happened due to force majeur. Give these guys some breathing space please.

    P.S: There was a similar power outage in Los Angeles last year, and I was there. Ofcourse the reaction of people was quite different to what we see here.

  2. Phil (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    LOL! :) Even the main avenue traffic signals were all out, talk about traffic sense :P

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