The Telegraph
Thursday , November 8 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
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Power promise adds cheer to festive spirit

If Durga Puja festivities were bright owing to uninterrupted power supply, celebrations during Diwali and Chhath promise to be dazzling.

Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) and Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) have completed arrangements to provide uninterrupted supply to the capital on Diwali and Chhath.

“We ensured uninterrupted power supply during Durga Puja. We have also completed preparations to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Diwali and Chhath. However, if any interruption occurs, the supply will be restored or rectified as soon as possible. Our officers will also maintain round-the-clock vigil,” Pesu general manager (GM) Vijay Kumar told The Telegraph. Ten control rooms would also be set up in as many divisions to redress complaints round-the-clock.

Though the streetlights are the responsibility of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pesu would co-operate and provide technical support to the civic body in its effort to light up the roads during Diwali and Chhath.

“We have provided power connectivity to streets and will provide connections for streetlights to the PMC. It is their job to illuminate the roads,” Vijay said.

On the preparations for the festivals, Vijay said: “We do not need to pay special emphasis on Diwali and Chhath, as we have already completed most of our maintenance work during Durga Puja. We would get adequate electricity, as the load has witnessed a downward trend owing to the onset of winter.”

“Pesu had conducted maintenance work during Durga Puja, replaced dilapidated cables, especially low-tension wires, and the burnt distribution transformers,” he said.

On supplying power to the Chhath ghats, the GM said special check-up drives would be launched to speed up maintenance work of low tension lines on all 25 to 30 branch roads leading to the ghats from Digha to Patna City on the banks of the Ganga.