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44-hour ordeal ends

Lights came back in Dhanbad district on Friday in phases, at 3am and between noon and 1pm, giving reprieve to over 20 lakh residents who went without power for around a day and half due to the JSEB workers’ statewide strike.

Water supply, arguably the most important casualty, was restored by Friday evening.

Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) employees on Friday morning called off their two-day strike after a high court order, averting a major law and order crisis.

Most places where power went off on Wednesday around 4pm — notably Dhanbad city, Seraidhela, Hirapur, Chiragora, Maoram Nagar, Ajanta Para and Bhisti Para — got it back on Friday morning at 3.

Areas that faced blackout since 9am on Thursday — Jharia, Bhagabandh, Putki, Siyalgudri, Loyabad, Kurmidih, Ekra, Bansjora, Godhar, Kendua, Karkend, Bastacola, Lodna, Upper Kulhi, Shamsher Nagar, Bhaga — got power between noon and 1pm on Friday.

Wasseypur was an exception. Power went off on Wednesday 4pm and came back on Friday post-noon. The town faced a 44-hour blackout.

Earlier in the day, people held blockades in Bhuli More, Ara More (Wasseypur), Bank More (Dhanbad) and Upper Kulhi (Jharia) to protest the JSEB workers’ strike” that deprived them of lights, water and emergency medical care.

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