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Double blow for residents

The weekend proved to be really hot and dry for 2.5 lakh city residents who continued to reel under severe power crisis for the second day on Sunday. The situation worsened as the erratic supply led to water crisis at residential apartments.

The problem started on Saturday night when several areas under Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited plunged into darkness due to breakdown of a transformer at Pardih feeder. Reports of breakdown also poured in from Adityapur and Jugsalai. Areas like Parsudih, Chhotagovindpur and Sundernagar also suffered short supply from the Central Load Despatch (CLD) in Ranchi.

Urja Vikas officials said the defunct transformer had been sent for repair on Sunday. “Power pangs are likely to continue for another couple of days till the transformer is repaired and reinstalled,” said an official of Singhbhum electric supply area.

Of all the areas, Mango was the worst affected. Residents of Mango complained of prolonged loadshedding.

“Supply was erratic since last night. Today, there was no power since 5am. Supply was restored for a brief period around 12.30pm,” said Mango resident Ashish Ojha.

Echoing Ojha, resident of Post Office Road in Mango Neelima Puri highlighted the water problem. As pumps were not functioning, we had no option but to carry drinking water from one of our relative’s house in Sakchi,” said Puri.