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Power plays truant

Patna, July 5: Relief from sweltering heat has come at a powerful price for residents.

Incessant rain since Friday morning has left people in the city without power for three hours to six hours. If feeders broke down in some places, in others, wires snapped.

Tall claims of the Patna Electric Supply Undertaking about its preparedness to provide smooth power took a hit. Several 11KV feeders broke down, resulting in the power cuts and giving residents a tough time. In some areas, including SK Nagar, Buddha Colony, the disruptions stretched up to six to seven hours.

Kumhrar resident Satyendra Singh said: “Power went off for around four hours on Friday night and then again for three hours this morning. We had a tough time filling our water tank.”

Ratna Pandey, a homemaker in Vikas Nagar, was a little more relaxed but said she would like smooth supply tomorrow. “We are not too inconvenienced as the weather is good. Proper power supply could make our Sunday lively though,” she added.

In west Patna, areas like Danapur, Boring Road, Rajeev Nagar, Patliputra, Raja Bazar, AG Colony, Shastri Nagar, Patel Nagar, Digha, SK Puri, SK Nagar went without power. In the eastern part, Rajendra Nagar, Kankerbagh, Kumhrar, Karbigahiya, Gaighat and Ashok Rajpath were hit.

The incessant rain is courtesy a low-pressure area over Bangladesh and Gangetic Bengal and favourable position of the monsoon trough line. Met department sources said the current spell of rainfall is expected to continue till July 9.

In spite of directions from top, sources said in some areas, officials cut off supply as soon as it started raining.

RBP Sinha, a resident, said: “The practice of disconnecting power supply during rain should be stopped.”

A month ago, then Bihar State Power (Holding) Company chairman-cum-managing director Sandeep Poundrik had expressed displeasure with the distribution companies’ tendency to disconnect power supply during rain. He directed the officials to stop it or face action.


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