The JSEB substation in Karandih
Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) consumers in the city and its suburbs are reeling under intermittent blackouts for the past 48 hours as the infrastructure of the power utility gave way due to inclement weather.
Lightning caused a major breakdown at the 33KVA transmission line near Adityapur Toll Bridge, disrupting power supply in Singhbhum supply area on Monday night.
Heavy rainfall caused snags at Gamharia and Karandih substations, further aggravating the situation.
JSEB sources said since Monday night, densely populated areas such as Mango, Chhota Govindpur, Karandih, Parsudih, Jugsalai, Ghorabandha and Adityapur are suffering frequent power cuts.
Industrial activities at Adityapur has also been hit due to power crisis.
General manager of Singhbhum supply area O.P. Ambaste said: “The technical snag took place due to the heavy rain in the last couple of days. The breakdown at our major transmission line near Adityapur Toll Bridge occurred due to lightning. Efforts are being made to streamline power supply.”
Ambaste , however, downplayed the crisis, saying such technical snags took place at regular intervals “because JSEB transmission lines are overhead, exposed to the elements, and not underground”.
On Tuesday, power supply was streamlined from the Gamharia grid substation but it was not adequate. Residents of Bagbera and its adjoining areas faced 10 to 12 hours of load-shedding.
“We were forced to live without power last night. Though the supply came back this afternoon, power continued to played hide and seek,” said Gorelal Shaw of Bagbera.
The power crisis also led to water woes in Ghorabandha locality, which experienced a blackout from 9pm on Monday to Tuesday afternoon. “Due to lack of electricity, we could not run the water pump. We are facing a harrowing time without power and water,” said Shikha Dey, a flat owner.