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Energy hope for traders

Good news for business establishments in some parts of central Patna.

Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) has decided to lay two additional 33KV lines to source power supply to Dakbungalow division, ridding some parts of central Patna of frequent power cuts.

The division, which includes Fraser Road, Exhibition Road and some parts of Station Road, Kadamkuan, Dakbungalow roundabout, houses major business establishments. They have to endure daily power cuts of at least three to four hours owing to scheduled load-shedding between 11am and 8pm for the past fortnight. Moreover, frequent tripping hampers business activities in the area.

Businessmen, harassed owing to Pesu’s apathetic attitude, hope things to improve.

Om Prakash Gupta, who runs a business on Fraser Road, said: “This is good news but we doubt whether the laying of additional cables would be completed in two months or not. We have managed our affairs for so many months with scary power situation. We will manage business for another two months in the hope of getting smooth and quality supply in future.”

Sources said the area is overloaded from 11am to 8pm, the peak business hours for the commercial establishments. In contrast, residential areas register high demand from 6pm to midnight.

To tackle frequent load-shedding and tripping in the division, Pesu would connect two new 33KV lines from Karbighaiya grid sub-station to Bandarbagicha and Mauryalok power sub-stations, which supply power to the aforementioned areas. At present, Bandarbagicha, Mauryalok and Sahitya Sammelan power sub-stations draw power from Jakkanpur grid sub-station.

Sources added that the area is overloaded and that’s why Pesu had to resort to frequent load-shedding. “There is a load limit of the 33KV line beyond which we cannot allow the additional load, as it might damage the cable and may cause greater problem,” said an engineer of Dakbungalow division.

The laying of the 33KV additional lines from Karbighaiya grid to Bandarbagicha and Mauryalok power sub-stations would provide cushioning to the Pesu in providing supply to the areas concerned in case of any breakdown in the existing feeders.

“We have already carried out survey work for laying an alternate source of power supply through 33KV feeders in the Dakbungalow division. In the event of breakdown in the existing feeders, the power supply could be restored in the areas quickly from the new 33KV feeders (that would draw power from Jakkanpur grid),” said a Pesu official of the Dakbungalow division.

Sources said the work was expected to be completed in two months.


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