Parts of north and central Calcutta went without power for nearly three hours on Monday. Trams stopped in their tracks and traffic lights stopped working in several areas after the power went out around 9.30am.
The areas affected included Shyambazar, Sovabazar, Beadon Street and Madanmohantala. “I saw policemen waving hands to control traffic as the lights were not working,” said a teacher who was on her way to school.
The signals went on the blink even at key crossings like the ones at Shyambazar and on CR Avenue.
“Six trams were stranded on the narrow RG Kar Road leading to snarls. We had a tough time clearing the road with the signals not working,” said a policeman.
The two-hour power cut took many by surprise. “I was supposed to return a book to my college library today, but because of the power cut I couldn’t get it photocopied,” said an undergraduate student.
On Sunday, parts of eastern Calcutta were without power after a glitch at CESC’s east Calcutta sub-station. CESC officials said Monday’s power cut too resulted from a snag at the same sub-station. “There was a problem in the transmission network. We resorted to phased power cuts to repair the network,” said a CESC official.
Power supply was restored around 12.15am.
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