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Power crisis grips capital

Patna, June 7: Power crisis over the past one week has singed the state capital as most parts of Patna have been facing prolonged loadshedding (four to fiver hours daily) since last Wednesday.

Technical snag coupled with climatic disturbance and insufficient power allocation from Centre have hit power supply all across the city at a time when the temperature is hovering between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius.

Residents of large parts of eastern and central Patna have been compelled to sweat it out in the lack of power supply because of a technical snag at Fatuha grid sub-station whereas the residents of western Patna, which houses VVIP areas and most important government installations, had a harrowing time as power played truant for hours after a tree fell on a 33KV line near Chulhaichak, creating further problems at Khagaul II feeder and canal feeder.

Besides this, Patnaites have to face regular loadshedding for around four to five hours on a rotation basis, especially in eastern and central parts.

Fatuha grid sub-station, which supplies power to eastern parts of the city and some parts of central Patna, has not been functioning since last Wednesday after its power transformer conked off.

This has affected power supply in some major parts of the eastern and central Patna such as Rajendra Nagar, Guljarbagh, Patna city, Kankerbagh, Ashok Nagar Bahadurpur, Agamkuan, Hanuman Nagar, Gaighat. Patna Electric Supply Undertaking general manager-cum-chief engineer S.K.P. Singh, too, admitted the people (of eastern and central part) have to spend hours without power but he was not in a position to set a timeframe by when the problem at the grid would be resolved.

“A team of engineers, who have come from outside the state, have inspected the grid. The transformer is out of order and engineers will try to repair it, followed by test and if everything goes according to plan, power supply from the grid would be restored from tomorrow. Otherwise, it will take more time,” Singh said.

Areas affected in western Patna are Ashiana Nagar, Samanpura, Rajiv Nagar, New Patliputra Colony, Boring road, Boring canal road, Mauryalok Complex, SK Puri, Indrapuri, Mahesh Nagar and West Patel Nagar.

Sanjeev Singh, a resident of Kankerbagh, said: “We have been facing power cuts for the past one week. The board has increased the tariff but they neither have proper infrastructure nor intention to improve the power situation. Tariff hike can be justified only when the board provides uninterrupted power supply.”

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