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Power woes for citizens

Several areas under Jharkhand Vidyut Vikas Nigam Limited are reeling under power crisis since Sunday night owing to ongoing maintenance work at Chandil grid substation and limited supply from Ranchi-based Central Load Despatch.

Localities in Jugsalai, Sundernagar, Parsudih, Chhotagovindpur, Karandih, Ghorabandha and other localities on the outskirts of the city are the worst hit. The crisis has also resulted in water woes at several apartments and affected production at several units of Adityapur industrial area.

Executive engineer of the electricity board Subodh Kumar confirmed that power supply was restricted owing to maintenance work at Chandil grid sub-station, linked to Golmuri substation. The Golmuri facility supplies power to neighbourhoods in Parsudih, Sundernagar and surrounding areas.

Sources said Golmuri grid substation was getting less power than required, augmenting the crisis.

Normally, the Golmuri substation gets a supply of 30-35MW. But, Central Load Despatch is supplying around 25 MW for the last two days.

Authorities from the power board said situation was likely to improve from Tuesday.

“The maintenance work is expected to be completed by tomorrow (Tuesday) and we are hopeful of restoring normal power supply once it’s done,” said an official.