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Thursday , January 24 , 2013
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Power pangs over with parallel cable

Summer is not back in the central Patna areas, power board officers said on Wednesday with a promise to set up a parallel distribution line for uninterrupted electricity supply to the localities.

Thousands of residents in areas like Station Road, Dakbungalow, Chiraiyatand, Frazer road, Exhibition road, Gandhi Maidan, some parts of Kadamkuan and Bandar Bagicha have been facing power cut of around two hours in morning and evening for almost a week because of a fault in a cable line at R-Block. “A cable was damaged at R-Block on Friday which led to frequent power cuts in central Patna. We hope people would start witnessing an improvement from Wednesday itself as we have made an alternate arrangement to ensure smooth power supply. Things will be normal from Thursday completely,” said a senior official of the Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (PESU).

Now the areas would get power from telecom and other feeders from Rajendra Nagar and SK Memorial sub-stations, he said.

The undertaking has identified the fault in a cable near the railway overbridge at R-Block, sources said, adding that there are multiple joints in the cables, which are causing difficulty in taking the load on it. PESU officials said the undertaking would have to take permission from the railways for digging up the concrete structure, which is inaccessible at present. Parallel cable was being laid but it would take around 10 days to complete, the officer said.

The residents — worried at the summer-like power situation — said they could not even think of such days in winter. “It is quite difficult to carry out my daily chores as light goes off frequently when you require it the most — both in the morning and evening. We face shortage of water, as there is no power in the morning,” said Amit Mishra, a student who resides in Bandar Bagicha, said.

However, the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd spokesman, H.R. Pandey, said power consumption had gone up in winter even as people use less water compared to summer: “Load on the distribution cables has increased in the past two-three weeks because of excessive use of electrical equipment — geyser, heater, immersion rod and blower — following the decline in temperature.”