A major power breakdown threw normal life out of gear in Panchkula on Thursday. The power remained off for over four hours in number of Sectors, including 1, 4, 6, 7, 12, and 17.
The reason cited by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL) executive engineer (XEN) DS Dhanda was the malfunctioning jumpers in the 66 KV transmission line at Pinjore.
The power could be restored only around 2 pm.
Besides residents, functioning of offices in Sector 1, 5, 6 was affected due to the blackout during first half of the day.
According to Narendar Atwal, executive engineer, Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), a snag developed in Pinjore, which led to the power failure. “Officially, the power snapped around 9:40 am and was restored around 1:45 pm. The jumper snapped near Surajpur in a hilly area. So, it took a lot of time to rectify it. Another problem was with the clamp at Pinjore substation.”
Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of Sector 12 resident welfare association (RWA), said, “We have received a number of complaints regarding power outage. Power tripping has been taking place for the past several days.”
RLA, tehsil offices manage with generator sets
The registration and licensing authority of Panchkula, e-disha and tehsil office made do with generator sets in wake of the power outage. “We have generators. Hence, the public dealing work did not suffer. Though the power resumed after several hours,” said Manju Aggarwal, district informatics officer, Panchkula. However, the remaining deputy commissioner’s office remained without power. The district courts also functioned with the help of generator sets.