LARGE PORTIONS of Khajrana locality were enveloped in darkness for the better part of last night following a power breakdown after sudden squalls lashed the City late on Friday evening. Power blackouts were also reported from Sudama Nagar, Annapurna, IDA Scheme No 71, Brijeshwari and Bangali Colony in the aftermath of the showers.
The worst hit, though, was the Khajrana area where supply was restored only on Saturday morning according to residents although the power utility claims to have carried out repairs less than two hours after the line snagged.
Inhabitants also accused the electricity men of apathy. “We made scores of calls to complain about the power cut but no one picked up the phone,” rued Yusuf Patel who charged that employees had disconnected the phones.
The blackout, pointed out Usman Ali, was particularly hard on Khajrana residents working late or night shifts. “The roads here are so bad they’re difficult to make out even when all streetlights are functional. So you can imagine the difficulty in negotiating the hundreds of pot-holes in complete darkness,” he said and added that it was fortuitous that no serious mishaps occurred in the area last night.
Power supply also played hide-and-seek all through the night at Vijay Nagar, parts of Scheme No 54 and Banganga. The target of people’s ire here was the incharge engineer for the eastern division who was accused of not answering his mobile phone.
When contacted Western Region Electricity Distribution Company Superintending Engineer KS Vyas refuted reports of a night-long power cut at Khajrana. “Supply was disrupted at around 1 am, around 15 minutes after the rain started, owing to an insulator being punctured. Repairs were begun immediately and power was restored by 2.30 am,” he declared.
The SE dismissed claims that the phones were disconnected to avoid taking calls. “I don’t know which number they were calling. We’ve repeatedly told people that complaints about power supply should be logged at 1912. There are 10 lines and the number is manned around the clock,” he added.