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LESA blames it on cable fault

THERE IS no end to power woes in the city. On Saturday, Hazratganj went without power for the entire day whereas all areas fed by the Residency sub-station plunged into darkness following a technical fault.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 11:04 IST

THERE IS no end to power woes in the city. On Saturday, Hazratganj went without power for the entire day  whereas all areas fed by the Residency sub-station plunged into darkness following a technical fault.

Protesting the day-long power outage in the area on Saturday, the Lucknow Vyapar Mandal alleged that there was a conspiracy to ruin the Hazratganj market, though LESA officials attributed the crisis to an underground cable fault.

Hazratganj has been facing an acute power crisis since Friday night after a fault occurred in an underground cable.

In a statement, Lucknow Vyapar Mandal media leader, Chandra Kumar Chhabra accused the power department officials of not properly supplying electricity to Hazratganj as a part of some conspiracy to ruin the market.

He said there was a lot of resentment among traders over third-grade power supply and were planning an agitation. He demanded the UPPCL management to take action against the officials responsible for recurrent blackouts in Hazratganj.

However, LESA’s DGM-1, YD Sharma said that crisis in Hazratganj began after an underground cable developed some fault on Friday night. He said repair work was delayed because of time consumed not only in locating the fault but also in getting the permission for road digging from the PWD. He claimed the repair work was on and the supply was expected to be normal by late night.

On the other hand, around a dozen localities, including a part of Kaiserbagh faced an acute crisis after the entire Residency sub-station went out of order following a fault in its incoming feeder around 4 pm.

The supply could not be restored till late evening though the repair work was in full swing. Among the areas where darkness prevailed included  Kaiserbagh, River Bank, Golaganj, Panditnagar, Balrampur Hospital and the surrounding places.

Power crisis was also reported from localities like Sector N Ashiyana, La Place, Gokhale Marg, Rajendra Nagar, Charbagh and Aminabad.