ON WEDNESDAY, the heat was intense so was the intensity of power cuts. Once again the entire city was subjected to over eight hours of rostering.
Power supply to the entire city was snapped at 7 am and restored only after 3 pm. Several areas continued to reel under power crisis even after rostering hours were over. In some areas of the city, normal power supply could not be restored even after 4 pm. This delay in restoration of normal power supply is being attributed to local faults.
Power supply of Dalmandi, Lal Bangla and Fazalganj was disrupted due to failure of transformers in these areas. A large section of adjoining areas also faced power crisis due to failure of these three transformers.
Nawabganj, Kalyanpur and Barra and their adjoining areas reeled under acute power crisis due to underground cable faults. Power supply to these areas was snapped since early morning. Despite several attempts by Kesco officials the underground cable fault could not be located. Adjoining areas affected by this fault included Govind Nagar, Naubasta, Saket Nagar, Vikas Nagar and Kakadeo.
Absence of power supply since early morning has also led to acute water crisis in these areas.
Long queue at hand-pumps and public taps was a common sight throughout the day. Jal Sansthan’s failure to supply water to these areas aggravated the problem. In the absence of power supply residents could not use jet pumps to draw water.
A resident of Kalyanpur Deepak Nigam told Hindustan Times, “In addition to routine power rostering, local faults are adding to our woes. If local faults were repaired during rostering hours, then we can get some respite.”
Barra resident Om Shanker Varma said, “ Power and water crises is affecting our lives. Even though many of us have jet pumps they are rendered useless because of power cuts.”
Elsewhere in State too people had to suffer it out in absence of power. This led to resentment among people against the officials. In Gorakhpur, power staff were accused of harassing people in the name of checking power theft. This had fuelled citizens’ anger.