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Power supply goes haywire

THE CITY?S power distribution system went haywire after the storm early on Saturday morning caused widespread local breakdowns forcing people to reel under an acute crisis for hours together. Even energy minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, UPPCL MD Avnish Awasthi and Lucknow discom MD BB Singh had a taste of power crisis.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 01:17 IST

THE CITY’S power distribution system went haywire after the storm early on Saturday morning caused widespread local breakdowns forcing people to reel under an acute crisis for hours together. Even energy minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, UPPCL MD Avnish Awasthi and Lucknow discom MD BB Singh had a taste of power crisis.

At some places the harried people gheraoed local substations and beat up the LESA staff for taking too much time in fixing faults. While power supply had been restored in most of the affected areas by late evening, Jankipuram was still reeling under darkness.

As the storm with heavy showers began, trees started falling over overhead electricity lines and transformers causing an extensive damage to the system. At some places faults developed in underground cables after water seeped into them.

The energy minister had to grope in the dark for around two hours after a tree fell over an electricity line near his 7 Kalidas Marg. The employees available in his house did not know how to start the generator set. It was only around 5 in the morning when LESA staff reached his house and started the generator set before fixing the fault that a sweating minister got some relief. Likewise, the UPPCL MD and BB Singh were also rendered powerless for hours together when supply to their residences was cut off following breakdowns.

Other localities affected included Butler Palace, Gokhale Marg, Dalibagh, Hazratganj, Hussainganj, Lal Kuan Park Road, Daliganj, KGMC and places around, Aliganj, Vikas Nagar, Indiranagar, New University Campus, Mahanagar,Golaganj, Hasanganj and Triveni Nagar.

The worst affected was, however, Jankipuram where supply could not be restored till late night even after 20 hours. Residents complained that the locality had been facing prolonged power cuts for last three days. “There is nobody to tell us how long it will take to restore the supply. The telephone at the Engineering College substation is always engaged,” said a harried resident.

In the night, the locals’ anger spilled over and gheraoed the substation in protest.

Another resident said, “New officials who have been posted in LESA are quite insensitive. Used to working rural areas or small towns, they do not understand the gravity of being in the State capital and take things casually.”

First Published: Apr 30, 2006 01:17 IST