Several areas in Delhi faced up to six hours of power cuts on Tuesday after five underground power supply cables got snapped at three places in South Delhi. The cables got cut off allegedly due to the construction work by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
The cables — two near South Extenstion, two near HUDCO Place and one near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium — snapped early morning. Areas such as Lodhi Colony, South Extension Part I and II, Green Park, Defence Colony, Anand Lok, Gulmohar Park and neighbouring colonies had to go without power almost the whole day.
Angry calls to the helplines of power company BSES Rajdhani were fruitless, as the discom's technicians were unable to resume supply completely till evening.
"All the cables were from Delhi Transco's 33 KV grid to three BSES stations in South Delhi. Major areas were affected the whole day thanks to this mishap by Metro," said a BSES official. "It was only by afternoon that we could resume supply partially with rotational load sheddings."
"The helplines refused to give any specific reason for the power cuts," said Sudhir Mishra, a resident of South Extension Part II.
A Delhi metro spokeswoman, however, denied the charges saying the transport utility was not carrying out any digging work at the areas where the power cables snapped.
In East Delhi, too, a 220 KV grid of Delhi Transco at Geeta Colony tripped thanks to short-circuit due to flying of kites. "Two units of the Rajghat power station, too, tripped and took two hours to resume generation," a senior Delhi Transco official said.