Several areas of the city, which come under the command of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), continued to grapple with power crisis on Wednesday due to technical snags caused by Phailin-triggered rainfall and lightning.
Snapped electricity lines are yet to be restored at many localities in Mango, Adityapur, Parsudih, Chhota Govindpur, Ghorabandha and Jugsalai. JSEB officials admitted to the problems, saying they were working on a war footing to restore supply.
“Some areas are still without electricity. Our men are on the job to repair the faults so that normal supply can be restored at the earliest,” said a JSEB official.
In several neighbourhoods, irregular power supply has triggered water woes as pumps used to fill overhead tanks have stopped functioning. “Last night, our locality plunged into darkness. Till this evening, supply could not be restored. We had to fetch drinking water from elsewhere,” said Sujit Sen, a resident of Ghorabandha.
Mango resident Pradeep Mallick said they faced acute water crisis ever since power supply faltered. “We stay in apartments and due to poor electricity supply, water could not be pumped. The officials should repair the snag at the earliest and ensure continuous power for at least 15-17 hours,” he said.
Industrial units at Adityapur and Gamharia in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district also took a hit. Sources said that several small and medium scale units could not operate owing to the disruptions and the ones that did missed deadlines.
R.K. Sinha, who owns an ancillary unit at Adityapur, rued about losses incurred. “The erratic power supply has compounded our worries at a time when we are suffering losses because of the economic slowdown. We have not been able to meet our production schedule over the past few days. We can only hope that JSEB officials set things in order and improve supply at the earliest,” said Sinha.
Sources said that restrictions from Ranchi-based Central Load Despatch added to the consumers’ woes.
The power grid substations at Gamharia and Golmuri, which cater to Singhbhum region, received 20-30MW less supply from the Central Load Despatch.