Dumper hits transmission line, leaves parts of Ghaziabad without power for 8-10 hours
Trans-Hindon areas of Ghaziabad were left without power after a dumper hit transmission tower damaging its power conductor. Another fault at Sahibabad sub-station also compounded the power outage in the area.noida Updated: Apr 19, 2017 21:55 IST
In a major power supply breakdown, trans-Hindon areas of Ghaziabad, including Sahibabad and Indirapuram, were left without electricity for almost 8-10 hours on Tuesday. The outage started at 9.30am on Tuesday for some localities and continued till 3am on Wednesday morning when the supply to the entire area was fully restored.
The Discom blamed two major faults for the power cuts. The first occurred early Tuesday morning on 220kv Muradnagar-Loni transmission line, while the second occurred later in the night at the Sahibabad sub-station.
The Muradnagar-Loni line and the Sahibabad sub-station supply power to trans-Hindon areas. As a result, localities in Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundahra, delta-colonies, Lajpat Nagar, Sahibabad, Mohan Nagar and Sahibabad Industrial Area were left without power.
The first fault occurred 9.30am when due to an accident at Muradnagar. “A dumper ferrying construction material to the Eastern Peripheral Road hit a transmission tower breaking the power conductor. The line could be repaired only after 12 hours by 9.15pm,” said Yatendra Kumar, superintending engineer, UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited.
This was reportedly the fourth such incident in three months. The official said that in the past too, dumpers of road contractors have hit transmission lines leading to 132kv sub-stations at Morta, DPH and Lal Kuan. “In village areas, the ground clearance of these lines is low and they further come down during the summer heat. We will take up the issue with the National Highways Authority of India officials,” he added.
By the time the first issue was resolved on Tuesday night, the transformer at Sahibabad 220kv sub-station developed snag. The supplies could be restored only by 1am on Wednesday. The officials and teams had to work for complete restoration till 3am on Wednesday.
“All major localities and industrial areas in trans-Hindon suffered power cuts. Overall, the supply to nearly 2.15 lakh consumers got affected. At 220kv Sahibabad, we provided supplies with the second CT-equipment installed at the sub-station,” said MC Sharma, superintending engineer (distribution), Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited.
A majority of high-rises had to run on diesel generators. “Overall on Tuesday, it was around 7-8 hours of cuts. There was major cut during the day and night on Tuesday. We had to run all three DG-sets for our 152 flat high-rise. The three sets consume nearly 65 litres of fuel per hour,” said BK Pandey, manager at Arihant Harmony high-rise in Ahimsa Khand, Indirapuram.