JSEB workers replace old wires in Mango on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Bright and beautiful — that is how your Durga Puja will be this year.
The Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) is pulling out all the stops to ensure uninterrupted power supply in its command areas across the three districts of Kolhan during the five festive days.
JSEB’s Singhbhum area board has also rushed a steady supply request to the Central Load Dispatch in Ranchi, said general manager O.P. Ambaste.
“We want to wish our consumers a Happy Puja and taking measures to minimise chances of power failure,” the senior Singhbhum area official said.
According to Ambaste, low-tension wires supplying power to pandals had been repaired or replaced and old conductors altered at many places in the city, including Mango, Jugsalai and Adityapur.
The state power board has also replaced over 20 transformers over the past week and installed four new ones in areas like Karandih, Adityapur and Ghatshila.
Ambaste said transformers were installed in places that experience heavy load.
Workers have been pressed into service to change peril or problem wires in several neighbourhoods of Mango, which alone hosts 30-odd pandals.
JSEB officials said round-the-clock control rooms would be opened to address complaints during Puja, with assistant and junior engineers being on standby till midnight.
Senior officials of JSEB’s Jamshedpur Supply Area held a review meeting on Tuesday to evaluate the power situation. It was decided that steady supply should be maintained at both power grid substations in Golmuri and Gamharia.
Incidentally, residents of Mango have already paid the price for the promised Puja comfort. Last week, they suffered six to eight hours of power cuts owing to JSEB’s maintenance work.