Delhi: Rain leads to power outages in several parts

Published on May 24, 2022 12:01 AM IST
With heavy rain and strong winds lashing Delhi on Monday morning, several areas of the city faced power outages, which the distribution companies (discoms) said were either due to them switching off supply as a preventive measure or on account of trees/branches falling on overhead electricity lines and poles
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By, New Delhi

With heavy rain and strong winds lashing Delhi on Monday morning, several areas of the city faced power outages, which the distribution companies (discoms) said were either due to them switching off supply as a preventive measure or on account of trees/branches falling on overhead electricity lines and poles.

Hindustan Times spoke to a number of residents and found that supply was affected under all three discoms -- Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited -- from 4-5am on Monday.

TPDDL, which caters to north Delhi, said heavy rain and thunderstorm affected power supply in several parts of its jurisdictional area. “Heavy rain and storm inflicted damages to the electrical network and caused repeated trippings, leading to disruption in supply in Narela, Bawana, Badli, Mangolpuri, Kirari, Shalimar Bagh, Keshav Puram and Moti Nagar areas. Our teams are working relentlessly to minimise the impact and restore supply in a phased manner,” a TPDDL spokesperson said.

“Dedicated teams and vehicles have been strategically deployed at various places to cater to any emergency. Additionally, adequate inventory of essential spare parts, tools and equipment, including transformers, switchgear etc. has been ensured to minimise the supply restoration time. Customers can call our 24x7 toll-free helpline number 19124 in case of any supply or safety related emergency,” the spokesperson added.

Officials from the other discoms, who did not wish to be named, said supply in the city was primarily disrupted on account of trees or branches falling on overhead electricity lines and poles.

“Wet and swinging branches also touch overhead cables causing short circuits, sparking and outages. Discoms make preventive shutdowns in these circumstances to ensure safety of residents, particularly in areas that see water-logging. Operations and maintenance teams of the Delhi discoms were on a high alert and in most cases, supply was restored quickly,” said an official requesting anonymity.

Some other areas where the supply was disrupted included Mustafabad, Motia Khan, Kundli, Najafgarh, Nangloi, Paschim Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar and Dwarka.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that thunderstorms in the city will continue, accompanied by gusty winds of a speed of up to 60-90 kilometre per hour.

Simple precautions can help residents stay safe in the event of heavy rain and strong winds, and water-logging, discom officials said. People, especially children, should stay away from electrical installations such as poles, substations, transformers and streetlights, they cautioned.

The main power switch to the house should be turned off in case there is water-logging and earthing, and wherever possible, circuit breakers must be installed, power officials advised.

Residents should keep a ”tester (sort of a screwdriver that can detect current flow)” at their homes to check leakage in case of wet power switches or walls. Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) should ensure twigs and plants near electricity lines are pruned, the officials said.

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