Technical snag snaps power to Lutyens' Delhi
Most parts of Lutyen's Delhi suffered power cuts on Monday. The cuts took place after power supply to all four feeder cables supplying electricity from the Gas Turbine (GT) Station was disrupted due to a technical snag.delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2011 23:33 IST
Most parts of Lutyen's Delhi suffered power cuts on Monday. The cuts took place after power supply to all four feeder cables supplying electricity from the Gas Turbine (GT) Station was disrupted due to a technical snag.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) control rooms were flooded with calls from all quarters including North Avenue, Shahjehan Road, Ashoka Road, Lodhi Colony, Palika Bazaar, Jor Bagh, Gole Market, Sarojini Nagar, Chanakyapuri Police Station, Mandir Marg Police Station, Teen Murti Lane and Dalhousie Road among others.
The market areas in the NDMC area were also affected severely. Traders in Connaught Place, Palika Bazaar, Sarojini Nagar, complained that business was severely affected as power cuts were experienced at regular intervals and the voltage was low, too.
"There was no power supply in the morning. While the situation improved later, even then load-shedding was being carried out. But the market was able to function due to the emergency lights," said Sanu Batra, a shopkeeper at Palika Bazaar.
According to the NDMC officials, the transformer at GT Station, near Indraprastha Estate, developed a technical snag and the power supply was disrupted.
"NDMC gets power supply from GT Station and due to the technical snag we didn't get any supply during the morning and afternoon. Though the problem is yet to be rectified, they made some alternative arrangements and supply was restored. However, it took a few hours for the situation to normalise," said a senior NDMC official.
The official added that the VIP areas under its jurisdiction were also affected.
Connaught Place traders said the power supply kept fluctuating throughout the morning and afternoon. "There were power cuts at least six times in the span of a few hours," said a trader of Connaught Place.
NDMC officials added that even as alternative arrangements were made, load-shedding was carried out in some of the areas. Complaints of power disruption were still being received till 5.30pm on Monday, from North Avenue, Ashoka Road and Talkatora Stadium. The NDMC's electricity department is responsible for supplying electricity to areas under its jurisdiction.
"There was no electricity at our place from 1.30 pm. We registered our complaint with the electricity department and they told us there was some problem with the power supply. Even when the supply was restored, the voltage was very low," said Seema Kumari, a resident of Gole Market. Both the residential and offices were affected by the power-cuts.