Power outage hits life, biz
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.