Power out­age hits life, biz

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

PATNA: Res­i­dents of eastern, cen­tral and south­ern Patna reeled un­der acute power cri­sis for the sec­ond day on Satur­day.

En­raged over the pro­longed dis­rup­tion in power sup­ply, res­i­dents of Patna City pelted stones at the PESU of­fice near Man­gal Talab and also staged road blocks. The prob­lem had cropped up due to a snag in the Fatuha trans­mis­sion line on Thurs­day evening. The Bi­har­sharif grid caters to Fatuha trans­mis­sion line. In fact, at one point of time, both cir­cuits had de­vel­oped snag, but the PESU re­stored one cir­cuit in a cou­ple of hours.

As a re­sult of the snag, the Mitha­pur, Gaighat, Ka­tra and Fatuha grids were get­ting half the ac­tual load of power, forc­ing PESU to re­sort to ro­ta­tional power shed­ding in af­fected ar­eas, which was more than half the PESU’s ur­ban sup­ply.

The power scarcity also af­fe­cetd wa­ter sup­ply and peo­ple had to queue up in front of wells and hand­pumps to get potable wa­ter.

The power snag af­fected many ar­eas of eastern and ce n t ra l Pat n a , in­clud­ing Kankerbagh, Kadamkuan, Ra­jen­dra Na­gar, Patna City and Gulzarbagh. The power out­age cou­pled with shut­down for main­te­nance of PESU 1, 2, 3 and 7 feed­ers made mat­ters even worse on Satur­day. PESU, how­ever, claimed that it was able to set right the prob­lem on Satur­day evening.

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