| Workers repair the damaged underground cable in Patna on Saturday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, July 19: Work on the damaged 132KV underground Digha-Khagaul cable would start tomorrow morning.
The transmission line supplying power from the 220/132/33KV Khagaul grid sub-station to Digha grid, which supplies energy to important locations of western Patna, had been damaged on Friday afternoon.
The damage has forced large parts of western Patna to get supply on a rotational basis for two or three hours.
“The repairing would start from tomorrow (Sunday) as an expert team, which carries out rectification work, is expected to reach Patna late evening from Satna. Though it may take a week’s time to repair the fault completely, our effort is to start at least one circuit in the next three-four days,” Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd [BSPHCL] deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey said.
Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today held the agency involved in road construction responsible for severing the cable. “We don’t have any mechanism to repair the fault. Experts are coming to Patna by air. We have two jointing kits at present and eight such kits are being transported,” Manjhi said.
Bihar State Power Transmission Company Ltd managing director Sanjay Kumar Singh and Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) general manager (transmission) A.K. Sinha visited the site and took stock of the situation.
The 132KV cable was cut by an earthmover of a construction company engaged in the work of the Digha-AIIMS elevated/semi-elevated road near the eastern flank of railway crossing located 500m away from Danapur railway station.
Residents of west Patna had to face a similar problem in the past on two occasions owing to snapping of a 132KV Khagaul cable. It occurred on December 2, 2013, and on March 30, 2014. On both occasions, repairing work took more than a week’s time.
“The team from Satna would reach Patna in late evening today. At the same time, eight additional jointing kits, which the company has ordered earlier, would reach Patna today evening,” BSPHCL chairman-cum-managing director Pratyaya Amrit said.
Amrit said the firm had placed orders for more jointing kits, which would be kept in store for future.
The firm has also decided to impart training to officers and employees of its transmission company so as not to remain dependent on experts of other states. The company is contemplating to install 132KV overhead cable for a stretch, which at present, runs underground.
On the last two occasions, in December 2013 and March 2014, an earthmover of a construction company damaged the cable and it took time in repairing the damage as neither jointing kits (imported from Sweden at a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh each) were available nor the company had expertise to rectify the fault.
Amrit has asked officials to lodge an FIR against the firm, which damaged the cable and warned that the cost of repairing the fault would be recovered from the erring person/agency in future.
“Pesu did not adhere to the schedule for supplying power in our area on a rotation basis. According to the roster, our area was supposed to get two or three hours of power at regular intervals but energy was elusive,” said Anil Kumar, a resident of Vivekanand Park near Patliputra Colony.