Patna: Residents living in the western parts of the city may have to bear with severe power problem for about a week due to a major fault cropping up in the 132KV Khagaul-Digha cable, 1.5km south of Bailey Road, adversely affecting power transmission to the areas being fed power through the 132/133KV grid sub- station, Digha.
These parts plunged into power crisis on Friday afternoon after the Digha grid substation went kaput following damages to the cable. The worst-hit were areas were Patliputra Colony, North S K Puri, Boring Road, East Boring Canal Road, West Boring Canal Road, Nehru Nagar, Digha, Kurji, Rajiv Nagar, Buddha Colony, Anandpuri, Indrapuri, Shivpuri and Rajapur Pul.
Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited CMD Pratyay Amrit told reporters here on Saturday that damage control operations were already in full swing and alternative arrangements were also being made.
Technical experts of the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited could not give a specific reply when the power supply situation would turn normal. Even Patna Electricity Supply Undertaking GM (transmission) Arun Kumar Sinha said, “We are on the job”. Considering the ongoing monsoon, authorities are trying their level best to protect the damaged cables so that water does not seep in and causes further damage.
This is the third time during last six months that the double-circuit cable of Digha grid got damaged. The first damage happened in December 2013 and then in March 2014 due to the ongoing construction work on Bailey Road. This time also, it was Gammon India which damaged the cable, said sources in South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd.