Plunged into darkness during Thursday's storm and downpour, seven villages in Dera Bassi have been without electricity for 72 hours.
Three days after the powerful storm with wind speeds nearing 100km/hour hit the tricity and its periphery, power supply has not been restored at Amlala, Jawaharpur, Preet Nagar, Barouli, Fatehpur Jatta, Devi Nagar and Rampur Saini villages, which fall under Lalru division.
The lack of power supply has hit production at 24 factories at Jawaharpur village. Chhatbir Zoo, too, was hit by the power blackout. Power supply was restored to the zoological park on Sunday, 70 hours after the power outage.
Staff of the electricity department, in spite of working overtime, has not been able to resume power supply in several areas.
Instead of bringing relief from the hot weather, the storm has added to the woes of the residents by damaging power transmission infrastructure. People have had sleepless nights, while water supply has also been hit due to no power at several villages.
Though power supply has been restored, water supply at Chattbir Zoo was paralysed. Though the management used a newly purchased 125-kilowatt generator, life of 75 families residing at Chhatbir Zoo quarters remained miserable. Around 50 trees at the zoo were uprooted in the thunder storm on Thursday evening.
HS Oberoi, Powercom executive engineer for Lalru division, said 60 employees of the department had been engaged in repair work, while men from private contractors were also pressed into service to remove faults causing by the thunderstorm. “Thirty-five transformers, 60 poles and nearly as many trees were uprooted in the storm. Electricity supply in almost 98% areas of the division has been restored,” he said.