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Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times
Muktsar, August 30, 2013
More than a week after the floods, two power grids are flooded and continue to be non-functional.
The main 220 KVA power grid, located in Muktsar, is submerged leading to its failure. Another 166 KVA powergrid in Sarai Naga village is also under deep water. Due to the non-functioning of the two main power grids, power cuts are being imposed in Muktsar and in adjoining districts. Power is being sourced from grids located in Faridkot, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Moga.

"PowerCom officials approached the district administration to clear water from these two grids. However, the administration has not extended support to Powercom to help pump out the water," claimed a source.

The situation is likely to take over a month to improve, because the rainwater would have to be cleared from the grids and then they would be repaired to make them function smoothly.

"The 166 KVA power grid at Sarai Naga, supplying power to nine villages around it was suddenly submerged into water when the water from the Sari Naga link drain which is flowing just behind it rushed into it after the bank of the link drain got broken," claimed a source.

"Employees fled in panic after the water ran into the building. Even the record in the office could not be moved to safety," claimed a source.

Now, the bank of the adjoining Sari Naga link drain is being raised. The standing water would be pumped out, after which it would be assessed technically for repair work.

"Supply has been given to Muktsar areas from the Faridkot district also," said Rajiv Sharma, a Kotkapura resident.

When contacted, SE Powercom Muktsar Dilwar Singh, said, "The grids will be functional after water is pumped out and some repair work is carried out. There is no problem to the public at the moment."