With seven power cuts imposed across the city at night, over May and June, due to faults developed in overhead transmission wires or conductors, the UT administration plans to shift these carriers of power underground.
The project, Underground Cabling, will start in Sector 8 with an investment of Rs 10-crore. Tenders will be invited by July-end and work will take another two months. If the project is successful, the administration will extend it to the city. It has been decided that any wiring done from now will be underground.
Trees a problem
During a storm, overhead transmission wires or conductors that carry power to homes get entangled in trees, forcing authorities to impose power cuts. Till 1985, the conductors were underground.
Electricity superintending engineer MP Singh said, “Underground cabling will be done in phased manner to begin from Sector 8. Details to cover the whole city are being worked out. The number of power outages due to storm and rain will fall.”
With the high-voltage cables going underground, chances of electrocution in colonies and other slum areas where these pass close to low terraces will also reduce. With the wires gone, the project is also expected to add to the beauty of the city’s skyline.
20-minute storm; 3-hour power cut in 15 Sectors
The sudden downpour and storm on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday left the majority of the southern sectors without power. The storm that lasted for about 20 minutes resulted in a blackout for three hours, starting at 1.30am. The electricity department officials said overhead wires carrying supply from SAS Nagar tripped and 15 Sectors were hit. These were 22, 23, 34, 35, 37, 38, 38 west, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47. Power cuts were also imposed in Dadu Majra, Maloya and Babu Dham colony. Supply was resumed three hours later, at 4.30am.