Sunday’s storm and its affect on power supply spilled on to the streets here, as residents of Saraswati Vihar — angered over a 27-hour power failure caused by the storm — blocked the Ambala-Chandigarh highway for about half-an-hour on Monday night.
The protest was a reflection of how the storm, which was accompanied by winds reaching 105kmph, had hit infrastructure in the town. Power supply, which was snapped on Sunday, was restored only by Monday night, while at some places, it was resumed by Tuesday afternoon — almost 44 hours after electricity supply was suspended.
During the storm, 24 trees and as many electricity poles fell down, leaving area residents a harried lot. Water supply too was suspended because of the lack of electricity.
The protest was staged near Jyoti Hotel here. Dera Bassi police station house officer (SHO) Gurwant Singh said the protest was lifted only after Powercom officials were called and power supply restored.
The executive engineer of Powercom’s Lalru division, HS Oberai, said 60 employees of the department carried out repairs throughout Sunday and Monday nights. “Electricity supply has been restored in 80 per cent of the town. We will repair the remaining faults by Tuesday evening,” he said.