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Energy woes back to haunt

Patna, May 3: Kadamkuan resident Anjali is suffering from sleepless nights since Thursday when gusty winds disrupted supply and resulted in long and frequent power cuts in east Patna.

Power is playing truant in some areas of east Patna since strong winds disrupted the supply for few hours on Thursday evening. Some areas went without power for almost 11 hours. Residents of Bhikhna Pahari, Gulzarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Kumhrar, Kadamkuan, Patna City, parts of Kankerbagh among other areas are feeling the pinch. The disruption comes barely a month after snag in a transmission line hit supply in west Patna and left residents without power for close to a week.

The inconvenience caused to residents like Anjali could be corrected only by late Sunday evening.

Anjali, a resident of Budhmurti area in Kadamkuan locality, said: “Power played truant with us today too. We could not sleep on Thursday till power was restored around 6.30am on Friday. It went again around 8.30am and came back after 9 in the night.

“We have never faced such long power cuts in this area. People are now filling up water tanks with the help of generators. There is no one at the distribution company or Patna Electric Supply Undertaking to listen to us, she added.

Om Prakash, a resident of Bhagwat Nagar near Bhootnath Road, said: “The power situation has worsened in our area. During the day, too, there are frequent power cuts.”

The residents’ problems have been compounded by the power company’s decision to raise the 132KV Fatuha-Gaighat and Fatuha-Katra transmission lines. These supply power to the Gaighat and Katra grid sub-stations, which, in turn, send power to some parts in east Patna.

A power company official said the work would be completed by late on Sunday evening.