Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

THANE: One of the posh­est build­ing in Thane’s Ma­ji­wada, a clus­ter of 14 build­ings of Lodha, faced a 20-hour power cut ow­ing to heavy rain­fall last week.

With three ded­i­cated trans­form­ers for the hous­ing so­ci­ety, the 5,000 res­i­dents had not an­tic­i­pated this prob­lem. The build­ings are more than 20 storeys high and the power fail­ure meant no lift and no water sup­ply.

Res­i­dents blame it on in­ex­pe­ri­enced Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Board (MSEB) of­fi­cials who could not de­tect prob­lem and tak­ing time to re­solve the prob­lem.

The power dis­rup­tion for more than 20 hours forced some to move to ho­tel while many chose to shift to their rel­a­tive’s place. “I live on the 14th floor. It’s dif­fi­cult to climb the stairs. So, I had to shift to my rel­a­tive’s place,” said Adesh Patil, 65.

This is the first time that the hous­ing so­ci­ety faced such a prob­lem. Vishnu Sar­vade, sec­re­tary of Lodha Par­adise Fed­er­a­tion, said: “Such power trips have be­come fre­quent but it was for the first time that we faced a 20-hour cut. The MSEB of­fi­cials promptly reached the venue but they could not fix it.”

“De­spite try­ing for hours they could not de­tect the is­sue. Spe­cial­ists were called from Bhandup divi­sion to re­solve the prob­lem,” added Sar­vade.

Chief en­gi­neer of MSEB, Bhandup zone, Satish Karpe, said: “Water en­tered the trans­former lead­ing to ma­jor fault. Heavy down­pour led to water ac­cu­mu­la­tion in­side the trans­formed lead­ing to mul­ti­ple is­sues.”

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