A JSEB transformer at Mango on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)
Power supply in various localities of Jamshedpur, like Mango, has improved significantly in the past 48-hours, ever since the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) decided to ensure that power cuts in its command areas were restricted to the bare minimum.
General manager of JSEB’s Singhbhum electricity supply area O.P. Ambaste said the improved situation was mainly due to the onset of monsoon, which had given some relief from the swelter and brought down the load.
“Increase in load leads to intermittent power cuts often. We do have constraints still, but the situation has improved,” Ambaste said.
He added that the load at the Ulliyan and Gamharia grid sub-station had decreased as a 5MVA transformer at Mango’s Kumar Bustee had started working again.
“Apart from that we have taken several other measures like installing a new feeder at Zakirnagar to ensure smooth power supply,” he said.
The power situation was expected to improve further in various localities of Mango with a new sub-station at Kapali scheduled to start operation within a fortnight.
The almost uninterrupted supply for the past two days in Azadnagar, Zakirnagar, Olidih and Dimna Road in Mango has evoked cheers from residents.
“The power supply has improved significantly. Earlier, we used to get only 8-10 hours of power a day. But, for the last 48 hours or so, the supply has been close to 20 hours a day almost. It is almost as good as that of Jusco,” said S.K. Banerjee, a resident of Dimna Road in Mango.
JSEB officials admitted that in the last two-days the residents of Mango and its adjoining have had to bear with load shedding only during the night, that too at peak hours. The power cuts usually last for a couple of hours and is done after 8pm only.
The supply during the day time, however, has been untouched.
Authorities of the power board had also recently assured Jamshedpur (West) legislator Banna Gupta of smooth supply in Mango and other localities serviced by JSEB.
Gupta, during his protest, had also asked public service utility company Jusco to upgrade its systems and strengthen its network in areas like Sonari and Kadma.