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Snag sparks power crisis

Jamshedpur, July 6: Several areas where Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) supplies electricity faced power crisis today because of a technical snag at Gamharia grid substation.

A senior official of JUVNL said that engineers had been sent to repair the fault. “We are expecting the power scenario to become normal by late light,” he added.

According to sources, areas like Adityapur, Mango, Jugsalai and Parsudih faced intermittent power cuts and compulsory load-shedding throughout the day as two major grid substations at Golmuri and Gamharia, which supply power to the Singhbhum region, were receiving 40MW less than the usual.

While the Golmuri grid substation got only 20MW against the usual supply of 30MW, the Gamharia-based substation received 35MW as against a normal supply of 60MW.

Normal life was badly affected in several JUVNL-controlled areas, including the Adityapur industrial zone that was the worst affected as a majority of small and medium scale units could not undertake any production activity.

Residents of Mango complained that due to the power crisis they could not fetch water from the borings.

“We could not operate water pumps in the absence of power. We do not have any generator facility,” said Ashok Singh, a resident of Madhusudan Complex on Dimna Road in Mango.

This was the second time in the past one week that the power supply was affected in the non-Jusco areas. Earlier, this week power supply was disrupted in several places due to the incessant rain.

While JUVNL sought to blame the rains for today’s glitch as well as the previous disruption, residents alleged that the power situation had perennially been bad in these areas.

“The power crisis is prevalent across the state mainly owing to lack of supply. We have requested the central grid to increase supply to Jharkhand to help us cope up with the crisis,” said the JUVNL official.


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