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Standby line to avert blackouts

- Mango project blueprint waits for power board nod

Residents of Mango may look forward to live without blackouts triggered by mishaps like the one that took place on the Marine Drive on August 6 when an overloaded truck hit a high-tension transmission line and plunged the entire area into darkness for three consecutive days.

Wiser from the recent incidents, Singhbhum unit of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (JUVNL) has decided to lay an alternate line so that if one line gets damaged, the other one can be switched on to ensure uninterrupted supply.

Speaking to The Telegraph recently, superintending engineer (JUVNL) R.J. Singh said that they had made a blueprint of the project and sent it to the power board’s headquarters in Ranchi for the necessary approval.

“The idea is to have two lines connecting the Gamharia substation with the substation at Dimna in Mango, as against one (double-circuit) line that is there currently. If approved, it will allow us to continue supply even if there is a problem in one of the lines or one of the lines gets damaged,” said Singh.

Around two lakh residents living in different parts of the Mango area were forced to go without power for three days after a overloaded truck hit 33KV overhead cables on the Marine Drive on August 6. Following the mishap, the cables fell into the Subernarekha river near the L&T yard and disrupted power supply.

With the blackout continuing for around 72 hours, even inverters stopped working, leaving the local people with no option. Also, the prolonged power-cut also sparked water crisis in major parts of the area as pumps did not work.

Earlier, the Mango people had to go through similar ordeal in May when a trailer hit one of the electricity poles, disrupting power supply for about 18 hours or so.

However, senior JUVNL official Singh said that they were hopeful that the stand-by line would help avert such situation in future.

“Right now, the water level in the Subernarekha will hamper work. We will wait till monsoon gets over. The installation work will require two months. The alternative line will be in place by November,” he added.