Long power outages in Noida, Ghaziabad after winds, rain
The windstorm that started at 5.30pm was followed by a downpour that lasted for a half hour. However, there were reports of tree and electric poles falling on power lines in sectors 20, 40, 57 and 71, which disrupted the power supply. The situation was no different in neighbouring Ghaziabad. A large number of residential localities in the city were plunged into darkness.noida Updated: May 21, 2017 22:27 IST
A windstorm and a spell of rain on Sunday evening caused a breakdown in 20 substations, causing a three-hour outage in Noida. Also, several power lines and electricity poles were damaged.
The windstorm that started at 5.30pm was followed by a downpour that lasted for a half hour. However, there were reports of tree and electric poles falling on power lines in sectors 20, 40, 57 and 71, which disrupted the power supply.
There were reports of breakdown in substations in sectors 11, 16A, 18, 20, 23, 29, 32, 45, 52, 53, 56, 58, 60, 62, 63, 66, 108, 115 and 168.
“There was no power supply from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Fortunately, it was pleasant and windy, so we did not find it very uncomfortable. However, life always comes to a standstill without electricity, particularly when one cannot even watch television,” Bharat Bhushan, a resident of sector 12, said.
The situation was no different in neighbouring Ghaziabad. A large number of residential localities in the city were plunged into darkness due to power shutdown and outages, following a heavy spell of rain and hailstorm on Sunday evening.
Officials of the electricity department said that power supply to Indirapuram, Kaushambi, Vaishali, Vasundhara, Rajendra Nagar and city areas was majorly affected.
In Vasundhara Sector 4, damage to electricity poles led to outages. In Shastri Nagar, trees were uprooted and damaged a car parked in the vicinity. Officials said that 132kv at Vaishali was also shut down for a brief period after it was reported that a cloth was entangled in the transmission lines.
“Our entire 500 personnel and officers are scanning the distribution lines and assessing the damage. The shutdown is also a precautionary measure to prevent any electrocution after rains. It is expected that supply will be restored by late Sunday night. The areas where infrastructure damage has been reported will be taken up on Monday morning,” MC Sharma, superintending engineer, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited, said.
On the other hand, officials from the UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) said that 132kv at Vaishali was resumed after the information was checked.
“All our 14 transmission substations, seven each in trans-Hindon and cis-Hindon (city) have resumed supply. We are waiting for the distribution electricity lines to be repaired, after which the power will be restored,” said Yatendra Kumar, superintending engineer, UPPTCL.