Several parts of Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas, which are powered by Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL), have been facing blackouts since Thursday night following supply restrictions.
Sources said a unit of the Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (TVNL) was generating electricity in fits and starts ever since it faced a snag on Wednesday, triggering crisis in areas under state power command. The situation is likely to improve in 24 hours.
The areas that are worst hit include Jugsalai, Govindpur and Ghorabandha, where power supply was restored only in the morning and yet remained erratic throughout the day.
Residents complained that they had been forced to grope in the dark for a prolonged period. “We could not sleep last night because there was no power and the weather was clammy. We shifted to our new flat only last week and don’t have an inverter,” said Gautam Sen, a resident of Saira Tower in Ghorabandha.
Resident of D’Costa Road in Jugsalai Paramjeet Singh said the power pangs had aggravated water problems too. “For the last two days, we are fetching drinking water from Sakchi and other places because the pump at our flat cannot run without electricity.”
Added Parsudih resident Anjan Dutta: “Power cuts are hampering our daily activities. Hope relief comes soon.”
Sources at the Central Load Despatch, which supplies power to the city and its fringe areas, said that both Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS) and TVNL were unable to generate adequate power, leading to the crisis. They added that JUVNL’s command areas required around 90MW, but were receiving only 60-70MW.
State power official R.J. Singh confirmed that both the Gamharia and Golmuri grid substations were getting lesser supply than required. Under normal circumstances, the Golmuri grid receives 30-35MW, while the Gamharia one, which supplies power to the adjoining Adityapur Industrial Area, receives 60MW.
Supply also remained disrupted for five hours in Mango on Friday morning owing to the breakdown of a feeder. It was restored around 11am.
According to JUVNL authorities, the situation is likely to improve from Saturday. “The Central Load Despatch has assured us that alternative arrangements are being made to meet power requirements,” said an official.