| PESU officials inspect a transformer in Patna on Friday. Telegraph picture. |
Patna, Oct. 8: Durga Puja will be a time of celebration for the residents of the capital in particular as they might receive uninterrupted power supply for the 10 days of the festival.
Patna Electric Supply Undertaking has almost completed its preparation to provide uninterrupted power supply to the city from today.
Patna Electric Supply Undertaking general manager S.K.P. Singh told The Telegraph: “We have so far completed 70 per cent of the preparations necessary to provide uninterrupted power supply to the residents of the city during the pujas. The remaining preparations will be completed by October 11.”
Singh said transformers and low-tension lines from through which power has to be supplied to the Puja committees have been either repaired or replaced.
In past one week, Patna Electric Supply Undertaking has changed 25 100KV-transformers. Of these, 18 were changed yesterday.
Transformers that still need to be repaired or replaced will be installed in a day or two, Singh said.
He said most of the transformers have been installed at placed that experience heavy loads.
The general manager said Patna Electric Supply Undertaking would also open round-the-clock control rooms to address complaints.
He said divisional offices would serve as control rooms during the period.
Assistant and junior engineers would be present there to deal with emergencies till midnight. After that, one of them would serve as the officer-in-charge of the control room.
He said residents of the city have suffered from power-cuts for two to four hours because of pre-Puja maintenance work. In the course of maintenance faulty cables were changed, separators and transformers installed.
He said the city would not face power crunch during the four main days from Saptami to Dasami.
Bihar State Electricity Board chairman P.K. Rai had held a review meeting with officials on October 4 to evealuate the power situation on the state.
He gave instructions to ensure that uninterrupted power supply could be provided during the Puja.
A source said the board had instructed Puja committees to construct pandals at a considerable distance from electric wires to prevent any mishap.
They have also been directed to apply separately for power to illuminate the pandals. A source also said the board would not hesitate to buy extra power if the need arises. The board is completely dependant on the Centre for power supply.
Meanwhile, residents of Mithapur, Gaya Line Road and R.K. Nagar that receive electricity from the R.K. Nagar Power Sub-Station have been getting barely six hours of electricity for the last four days due to a cable fault. The fault was detected only on today evening.
A source said it has been identified and repaired. Normal power supply would soon restore in these places.