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Weekend power pain

This weekend, residents of large parts of western Patna might feel the power pinch because of fault in a 132KV underground cable.

The sudden technical snag on Friday afternoon in the 132/33KV underground cable disrupted power supply to the Digha grid sub-station, leaving several pockets in the western part of the city powerless. The damaged transmission line supplies power from 220/132/33 KV Khagaul grid sub-station to Digha grid, which in turn supplies electricity to the important locations of western Patna.

The power company said electricity would be supplied on a rotation basis from alternative sources till the technical snag was rectified.

Several areas of western Patna, which houses VIP areas and important government installations, suddenly went without power for hours from 3pm on Friday because of a technical snag in the 132KV underground cable. The failure exposed the hollowness of tall claims of Patna Electric Supply Undertaking, which supplies power to urban Patna.

Deputy general manager (public relations) of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited (BSPHCL) H.R. Pandey said the underground 132KV cable was damaged by a firm engaged in the construction of Digha-AIIMS elevated highway. The cable was cut near the railway crossing on the eastern flank of the canal on Bailey Road.

BSPHCL chairman-cum-managing director Pratyaya Amrit told reporters: “There is no need to panic. We shall be supplying power for 12 to 16 hours a day to the residents of the affected areas on a roster basis. We have also asked the Patna Municipal Corporation commissioner to make arrangements for water supply in certain areas through tankers.”

Amrit said: “The experts’ team, which would repair the damage, has left from Satna and is likely to reach Patna on Saturday evening. We would start the cable-joint work on a war footing the moment the team reaches the city.”

Asked when the power would be fully restored, managing director of Bihar State Power Transmission Company Limited Sanjay Kumar Singh said: “It would take a week’s time because the cable jointing work is done by highly technical, qualified and licensed people in a dust-free environment. That’s why it takes time. But we are trying our best to get the cable repaired at the earliest.”

The residents were worried despite the promises from the power company officials because of blighted memories in cases of failures in the past.

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