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Hint of weekend power relief

Residents of west Patna would perhaps not have to sweat it out in the weekend. The power officials have assured that the damaged cables would be repaired by Friday night.

Many households were getting supply on an hourly basis following a technical snag in the 132/32KV and 132/33KV overhead lines and a 132KV underground cable. A sudden technical hitch on Sunday in the transmission line had disrupted supply to the Digha grid sub-station.

Digha, Ramnagri, Pataliputra, New Pataliputra, Rajeev Nagar, Raja Bazaar, Ashiana, SK Puri, Anandpuri, Shivpuri, Boring Road, SK Nagar, IGIMS and other adjoining areas were badly affected. The damaged transmission line supplies power from 220/132/33KV Khagual grid sub-station to the Digha grid, which in turn, supplies electricity to various places in west Patna.

“Repair work is being carried out in full swing and is expected to be complete by late Friday night. We hope to improve the power situation from Saturday,” Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey said.

An engineer, overseeing the work at the repair site, said: “The restoration work is almost complete. We will heat-test it first and the supply is expected to start by late Friday night.”

On the delay in carrying out the repair, an official said works like digging, joining and heating consume a lot of time. He said: “The 132KV cable repair work requires technical expertise.”

He added: “It took three to four months in importing necessary equipment needed to repair the fault. Experts, too, have been called in to carry out the cable-repair work. The repair work requires highly trained and qualified people.”

Sources said the supply is expected to be normal by Sunday. “In some pockets the supply has improved in the past 48 hours owing to load balancing or transfer,” Pandey said.

“During the repair work, Patna Electric Supply Undertaking had temporarily connected a line from Khagaul feeder III to Digha power-sub station to ensure better supply in Kurji, Pataliputra, Rajeev Nagar, Vivekanand Park, Nehru Nagar, Indrapuri, Gosain Tola and some other areas,” a source said, adding that the long power cuts were reduced in Digha after sub-stations supplying power to these areas were connected with the Khagaul feeder.