A key renovation of electric wires has started in the city for providing smooth and round-the-clock power supply.
Faulty and worn-out wires are major worries for Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu) as a simple storm leads to power cut during summer.
The Pesu has identified the places where distribution lines are in a dilapidated condition. The undertaking has launched a special drive to replace the faulty lines on a priority basis. The replacement will be done in phases within a stipulated time-frame.
Of around 3,000km of total distribution lines under Pesu’s jurisdiction, around 1,000km are in poor shape. It has replaced around 500km of dilapidated lines in the capital, a senior Pesu official said.
Areas where worn-out wires have either been replaced or would be replaced soon include Boring Road, Patliputra, Indrapuri, Rajiv Nagar, Kankerbagh, Ashok Nagar, Patrakar Nagar, Gardanibagh, Beur, Bankipore, Rajabazar, Ashiana and Anisabad. “Reconductoring (replacement of electric cables/wires) work is currently underway to provide smooth and uninterrupted power supply to the consumers of the city. Pesu gives prior notice to the people of shutdown in a particular area for replacing the wires to avoid any problems to the consumers,” the Pesu official said.
The Pesu needs to intensify the drive to replace dilapidated cables, he said, adding that the undertaking would concentrate in those areas first where accidents occur because of snapping of wires.
Once the reconductoring work is completed in the city, it would not only prevent incidents of electrocution but also reduce the snapping of wires that lead to power cuts for longer periods of time (for several hours), sources said.
Pesu engineers say that they are facing problems in replacing the old and rickety wires because of the cold weather. The work can be started only after 10am or 11am and wrapped up by 4.30pm.
The residents are wary about the Pesu’s claims of preparations to tide over the situation before the summer.
Vivek Singh, a resident of Keshri Nagar, said: “Only time will tell is the Pesu’s efforts help in providing smooth power supply to the residents.”