THANE’S POSH SOCIETY WENT WITHOUT POWER FOR 20 HOURS
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.”