Incessant rain and high-speed winds triggered by very severe cyclone Phailin exposed the chinks in the city’s power supply system, inconveniencing Puja revellers from Sunday morning.
Rain from Navami (Sunday) till late Monday night caused blackouts ranging from three to four hours. Power played hide-and-seek at Danapur, Kankerbagh, Gardanibagh, Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra Colony, Boring Road, Boring Canal Road, Buddha Colony, Fraser Road, Exhibition Road, Dakbungalow, Patna City, Ashiana Nagar, Jagdeo Path and other places.
The rain started from Sunday morning owing to the effect of very severe cyclone Phailin, which hit the Odisha coast on Saturday night.
“A good spell of rain has exposed the tall claims of power companies and Patna Electric Supply Undertaking’s (Pesu’s) preparedness to provide uninterrupted electricity during Durga Puja. They will have to go a long way in strengthening the supply system in the city, forget the entire state,” said Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Phulwarisharif.
On Monday, a tree fell on a 33KV wire in front of a market on Fraser Road around 2pm, leading to power disruption in some major installations, an official posted at the Dakbungalow division of Pesu, said. Twenty-four hours on, another official told The Telegraph that the supply could be restored by late Tuesday evening. On the reason behind the delay, he said two 33KV lines and a low-tension line had been damaged.
Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey said: “The state drew around 600MW to 700MW on Monday owing to disruption. The situation improved on Tuesday, as the state drew 1,100MW on an average. The incessant rain proved to be an impediment in the restoration work.”
An engineer, on the condition of anonymity, said energy withdrawal could not be the yardstick to measure normality, as there was a reduced load on the supply system because of holidays in offices during Durga Puja. “The weather was also good,” he added.