Strong wind, uprooting of trees hit power supply in rural parts too

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jun 2018 09:47:39


Staff Reporter,

Infrastructure of MahaVitaran is taking a big hit in the pre-monsoon season. The high velocity wind accompanying the showers is causing damages to powerlines in the long section, mostly in rural parts. Uprooting of trees or falling of tree branches due to strong wind is also a cause of concern for it impacts electric poles and wires.

In rural areas, as sections are very big, it becomes difficult to locate the fault. This leads to long hours of blackouts as teams of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) requires long time to reach the spot. Further, due to rains, it becomes difficult to reach the spot where fault has occurred or wires have broken down as the area gets muddied making it difficult to tread.

During the last few days areas coming under Butibori, Hingna, Mauda sub-division has seen sharp rise in faults due to wind problems. In Butibori Industrial Estate power failure was wide spread. Nearly 15 electric poles on the wire coming out from Butibori sub-station and leading to Morarji Mills got damaged on Thursday evening thunderstorm.

Similarly, in Hingna-Jamtha section, two towers collapsed due to pressure on the wires which led to total blackout in entire area.
Dilip Ghugal, Executive Engineer, Butibori, set out after the rains had stopped to take stock of damage. The MSEDCL team then was pressed to start the repair work that was taken-up on war footing.

In Mauda town also power supply was disrupted on Thursday after the squall. Swapnil Gotmare, Executive Engineer, and his team were working to rectify the fault and take other measures to restore power. At Kalmeshwar as the rains stopped early the powermen did face much trouble to restart the power on partial basis.
Today in city area there was no rains that provided some respite to the MSEDCL teams.

Dilip Ghugal, Chief Engineer, MSEDCL, Nagpur Circle, is daily taking stock of the situation. In aftermath of rains in evening he took review of the situation in the rural areas and directed MSEDCL officials to take necessary steps. He has appealed consumers to bear with MSEDCL during these rough times.

Electricity remains affected in Clarke Town for 5 hrs

Residents of Clarke Town in North Nagpur went without power on Thursday for about five hours. It was a torturous time for the residents of this upscale locality off Kamptee Road when power snapped at about 4 pm. The residents promptly called the nearest sub-station to inquiry about the cause of fault but sadly there was no one present to provide information. The areas falls under SNDL, the franchisee of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

The people claim that only two linesmen are deputed for entire area which is woefully short and in aftermath of such emergencies the rectification takes lot of time.
The power supply resumed to the locality at 9 pm. SNDL did not provide but there was no information coming from SNDL as to reason for the such a long disruption. Particularly the evening time is most tormenting as city got light rains which increased the humidity and
with no power for the people it was very difficult to carry on with work.

MSEDCL’s ‘Janmitra’ attacked

Two incidents of attacks on ‘Janmitra’ of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) were reported from rural parts of the district.
The first incident occurred at Hingna while the second one was reported from Mohpa in Kalmeshwar tehsil.

In Hingna office, Prakash Ramteke, a resident of Jaripatka, along with his colleagues went to Rajiv Nagar for handling a complaint of fault on Wednesday. The time was around 5.30 pm and due to fault in the transmission line power in the area was gone for a long time.

One Monu Khan, a known anti-social element in the area, questioned the MSEDCL team the reason for power failure and without waiting for any response attacked them. Khan also issued life threats to the MSEDCL Janmitra who later lodged a complaint with Hingna police station. Police have booked Khan under Sections 294, 506 (B) and 323 of IPC. At Mohpa also a similar incident had occurred on May 28 where a Janmitra, Arjun Headaoo was allegedly assaulted in Talegaon area. A complaint was lodged with the police station. Further probe is on.