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Power supply snaps again

Power crisis has returned to haunt residential areas in and around Jamshedpur serviced by Jharkhand Vidyut Vikas Nigam Limited (JVVNL), the erstwhile JSEB, thanks to poor supply from the central load despatch.

The JVVNL admitted to “limited supply” in Adityapur, Mango and other localities on the outskirts of Jamshedpur on Sunday after one of the units of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) broke down on Saturday evening.

This is the second such incident in less than a week to hit residents already reeling under soaring temperatures.

“Gamharia and Golmuri grid substations have received less supply than needed since last evening, resulting in the crisis. We are hopeful of getting full load from central load despatch from tomorrow (Monday),” said a senior JVVNL official.

According to sources, Golmuri substation had been getting around 20MW, against the normal 30-35MW, on Sunday.

On the other hand, Gamharia, which supplies power to the adjoining Adityapur industrial area, received about 70-80MW, much less than the allotted 120MW.

“The drop in load led to erratic supply and prolonged load-shedding in areas controlled by JVVNL,” the senior official added.

Mango and Adityapur apart, Sundernagar, Parsudih, Govindpur and Jugsalai also reeled under rampant power cuts.

Residents complained they were forced to go without power for prolonged stretches.

“The rising Celsius has already made our life miserable. And this power crisis has further aggravated the problem,” said Ashok Agrawal, a resident of Jugsalai.

Though fans and air-conditioners are rendered useless, what residents feared most during prolonged load-shedding was water scarcity.

“Poor power supply has rendered water pumps useless. We are forced to ferry home water from areas which come under Jusco’s water supply,” said Kailash Singh, a resident of Mango.

He said they had to face a similar situation four-five days ago. “The situation had improved on Thursday, only to take a turn for the worse again,” he said.

Production activities in small and medium scale units at Adityapur also took a beating. “We cannot afford diesel generators. The crisis has hit our production schedules,” said R.K. Sinha, owner of an ancillary unit of Tata Motors based at Adityapur.