PATNA: The tall claims of the state government to provide 24×7 power to the state capital and even chief minister Nitish Kumar’s assertion that he will not go to the people to seek vote in the assembly election if power scenario did not improve, were thoroughly exposed on Friday evening.
Almost the entire city plunged into darkness by 6.30pm as light rain with a wind blowing at a speed of 42km per hour lashed several parts of the state. Most of the areas had to go without power for several hours.
“If a smart shower of 15 minutes plunges the city into darkness for several hours, what can we expect once the monsoon actually reaches,” said a Fraser Road resident.
Most of the prime localities right from Patna City to Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan, Bari Path, Fraser Road, Boring Road, Pataliputra Colony, Buddha Colony, Rajiv Nagar, Indrapuri and Nehru Nagar were in the dark for several hours.
Incidentally, for officials of the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL), it is difficult to provide power in this rain and thunderstorm’ as they feel danger in supply electricity through the overhead wires and cables and plead feeders tripped as a natural corollary.
Bihar State Power Holding Company CMD Pratyaya Amrit said, “Yes, many areas are going without power and we are trying our level best to restore supply at the earliest.”
Though the state IMD had sent an alert to state disaster management department for a squall of up to wind speed of 80km which was likely to hit several parts of the state on Friday, the state capital did not have to suffer from the fury as it experienced only light showers.
“Our area is going without power for the last four hours and we are really scared as to what will happen once the monsoon arrives. It seems we should be ready for the worst,” said Amit Sinha, a resident of Nageshwar Colony.