If you faced power cuts on Independence Day, it was probably because of a stray kite string, which tripped a number of power transmission lines on Wednesday.
According to power distribution company BSES, there were a total of 14 kite-related tripping incidents of which six were reported from south and west Delhi and eight from east Delhi.
Areas such as Mayapuri, Janakpuri, Mukherjee Nagar, Paschim Vihar, Udyog Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Minto Road, Karawal Nagar and Karkardooma among others faced outages lasting from 15 minutes to half-an-hour.
"The glass-coated 'manjhas' being a good conductor of electricity leads to tripping and power supply disruption besides electrocution. Tripping of just one 33/66 KV overhead line can disrupt power supply to over 10,000 residents of an area," said a spokesperson of the power distribution company.
Despite the fact that causing damage to power equipment is punishable under the Electricity Act and the Delhi Police Act, there seems to be little consideration for the law as well as power supply, the official added.
However, compared to last year fewer incidents of kite causing power cuts were reported this year. Last year 23 incidents of power cuts took place due to kite flying.