As snowfall in higher altitude areas led to a drop in mercury, erratic power supply gave a harrowing time to the residents of Shimla and rural areas.
Higher altitude areas in Shimla district, including Narkanda, Kufri, Kharapathar, and Chopal, received a fresh spell of snowfall that lowered temperatures across the area.
On Tuesday, maximum parts of Shimla town remained without power as an uprooted tree damaged the main line. "Uprooted tree damaged the main electricity line at Summer Hill in the morning, due to which power supply was disrupted in the town," said superintending engineer of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEB) CK Chaturvedi.
Power supply was disrupted in Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, old-bus stand, US Club, Jakhoo, and partially in Sanjauli. Power cut also halted work at several offices located in these areas, including the municipal corporation office.
Due to bad weather condition, power supply also gave tough time to the rural areas of the district.
Yaman Sirkeck of Kotgarh, Shimla, said that power supply was inconsistent for the last 24 hours.
"Due to rain and snow in higher reaches, temperature dipped significantly, but erratic power supply is worsening the situation," said he.
Roshan Dass of Chohara block of Rohru said that power supply was not regular in villages. "Power supply disruption often surfaced in winter and rainy season," said Dass, adding that residents of rural areas faced a hard time due to inconsistent power supply.
However, electricity official denied any power outage. "There is neither power shortage nor power cut, but bad weather hampers supply as it caused damage to the power lines," said executive engineer Ashwani Kumar.