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Fani-induced storm hits hard power supply in city

By AJIT PATOWARY
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GUWAHATI, May 6 - Power conductors were snapped at 127 locations under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I, and in the 11-Kv panels in 33/11 Kv Jalukbari Substation under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-II, conductors had to be kept out of service for one day due to ingress of water in the post-cyclone storm induced by �Fani� here on May 4.

Sources in the public sector Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) said that 44 poles carrying low-tension lines and nine poles carrying high-tension lines were damaged by the May 4 storm under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I. However, power supply could be restored in most of the places under this electrical circle within a day�s time in the post-May 4 storm scenario.

Twelve low-tension line poles and 10 high-tension line poles were damaged in areas under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-II and reports of snapping of conductors from different places of the electrical circle due to the storm were also received. Restoration of power supply in the places under this electrical circle could be completed within a day�s time, said the sources.

Explaining the situation, sources in the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I told this newspaper that according to a preliminary assessment, the electrical circle incurred a loss of around Rs 50 lakh due to the storm. Besides the 53 poles, four transformers of this electrical circle were also damaged. Broken tree branches and uprooted trees snapped the supply lines of this electrical circle at 127 locations.

Restoration of power supply could be completed in 99 per cent of the areas yesterday. But, when another spell of gusty wind lashed the city around 10 pm yesterday, lines were disconnected from the 30 control rooms located at various places of the city. About of 60 to 70 per cent of the power supply could be resumed within 30 minutes of that incident. But, power on 30 per cent of the lines, which are passing through the hilly areas, could be restored around 1 am today, only after thorough inspections.

In Chandmari area, around 500 consumers were hit hard, as restoration of power supply was delayed in the post-May 4 storm because of the obstructions caused by flash flood. Again, in the wake of the gusty wind last night, of the six lines of this area, power on two lines passing through the hilly areas was restored around 1 am today after a thorough check.

In the Hatigaon Bishnujyoti Path locality, restoration of power supply was delayed till yesterday evening, that is, after 24 hours of disconnection, because of water-logging. The locality faced inundation of up to three feet in the areas where the supply line was damaged. This affected around 200 consumers of the locality. While all the damaged transformers of the electrical circle could be replaced yesterday, eight damaged poles in Chandrapur area could be replaced today, sources in the electrical circle said.

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Fani-induced storm hits hard power supply in city

GUWAHATI, May 6 - Power conductors were snapped at 127 locations under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I, and in the 11-Kv panels in 33/11 Kv Jalukbari Substation under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-II, conductors had to be kept out of service for one day due to ingress of water in the post-cyclone storm induced by �Fani� here on May 4.

Sources in the public sector Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) said that 44 poles carrying low-tension lines and nine poles carrying high-tension lines were damaged by the May 4 storm under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I. However, power supply could be restored in most of the places under this electrical circle within a day�s time in the post-May 4 storm scenario.

Twelve low-tension line poles and 10 high-tension line poles were damaged in areas under the Guwahati Electrical Circle-II and reports of snapping of conductors from different places of the electrical circle due to the storm were also received. Restoration of power supply in the places under this electrical circle could be completed within a day�s time, said the sources.

Explaining the situation, sources in the Guwahati Electrical Circle-I told this newspaper that according to a preliminary assessment, the electrical circle incurred a loss of around Rs 50 lakh due to the storm. Besides the 53 poles, four transformers of this electrical circle were also damaged. Broken tree branches and uprooted trees snapped the supply lines of this electrical circle at 127 locations.

Restoration of power supply could be completed in 99 per cent of the areas yesterday. But, when another spell of gusty wind lashed the city around 10 pm yesterday, lines were disconnected from the 30 control rooms located at various places of the city. About of 60 to 70 per cent of the power supply could be resumed within 30 minutes of that incident. But, power on 30 per cent of the lines, which are passing through the hilly areas, could be restored around 1 am today, only after thorough inspections.

In Chandmari area, around 500 consumers were hit hard, as restoration of power supply was delayed in the post-May 4 storm because of the obstructions caused by flash flood. Again, in the wake of the gusty wind last night, of the six lines of this area, power on two lines passing through the hilly areas was restored around 1 am today after a thorough check.

In the Hatigaon Bishnujyoti Path locality, restoration of power supply was delayed till yesterday evening, that is, after 24 hours of disconnection, because of water-logging. The locality faced inundation of up to three feet in the areas where the supply line was damaged. This affected around 200 consumers of the locality. While all the damaged transformers of the electrical circle could be replaced yesterday, eight damaged poles in Chandrapur area could be replaced today, sources in the electrical circle said.