A transformer being installed at the sub-station in Mango on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
It will take another 24 hours or so for Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) to restore power supply in Old Purulia Road locality of Mango, where a substation caught fire on Sunday evening owing to a voltage surge leaving around 30,000 residents in the lurch.
JUVNL’s Jamshedpur electricity supply area on Monday pressed into service a 50-tonne crane for installing two new 5MVA transformers at the site in Kuar bustee, replacing the two transformers that were gutted in Sunday’s fire.
“This is the first time when such a major fire broke out at a substation. This unexpected incident happened because of over voltage. Work is on in full swing to install new transformers. We are hopeful that power supply will be restored within the next 24 hours,” said Ram Janam Singh, superintending engineer of JUVNL’s Jamshedpur electricity supply area.
According to power officials, apart from the transformers, other vital equipment is also required to be repaired or replaced.
The substation caters to a population of over 30,000 people living in the Old Purulia Road locality and Azadnagar area of Mango.
The residents have been forced to live without power since Sunday evening. “We were getting power supply for 15-16 hours a day over the last week. But, now we are forced to live in darkness. We don’t know when the supply will resume,” said Mohammed Mohsin, a resident of Kuar Bustee.
The complete blackout has led to water problem in the area, adding to the residents’ plight.
“Overhand tanks in most of the houses in the area have already turned dry as water pumps are lying idle in the absence of electricity. We have no option but to fetch water from other places,” said Rakesh Mishra, another local resident.
JUVNL officials said they had requested the Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) to press into service mobile water tanks to meet the requirement of the residents here.
When contacted, a MNAC official said they had started supplying water in tanks in the Old Purulia Road area since Monday afternoon following a request from the urja nigam. “We will continue to supply water till the power supply becomes normal,” said the officer of the civic body.