Indore: City suffers 20-hour power cut, Discom bombarded with 12,000 complaints

Indore: Power supply, which got disrupted on Monday evening due to heavy showers, could be resumed in many parts of the city only after a blackout of 20 hours. Annapurna, Rajendra Nagar and adjacent colonies were worst hit.  Though Western Region Power Distribution Company burnt the midnight oil to restore power supply by Monday night itself but only partially succeeded.

Colonies like Rajendra Nagar, Sudama Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Retai Mandi were among where supply could be resumed between noon to 2.30 pm on Tuesday.

A major part of Sudama Nagar faced blackout. D-sector resident Prahald Jain said that when power supply could not be resumed at his area till Tuesday morning, he went to complaint to the Discom office but was stopped by police near Choithram Mandi as farmers were agitating there.

He said that power supply at his area resumed at 2.30 pm. Power supply had disrupted in about 80 per cent areas of the city on Monday evening as storm coupled with heavy rain lashed the city.

By late night, power supply was restored in around 60 per cent of the city but many colonies remained without power the whole night.

Discom superintendent engineer Subroto Rai said that many feeders had stopped working due to fault occurred following the rain. Out of 410 feeders, 200 were started on Monday night itself and the remaining later. “The whole night our engineers and linemen were working to restore power supply. We had to snap power supply to some areas to fix the faults,” he said.

Rai stated that they had received as many as 12,000 complaints from consumers. Most of these complaints were pertaining to disruption of supply in households. “That’s the reason why we took up these complaints for redressal after major faults were rectified,” Rai said adding that power supply was restored in the entire city by noon.

IMC, Discom ink truce over tree felling

It was believed that most of electricity faults took place due to felling of trees’ branches on cable lines. Discom wanted to chop off branches near cable lines ahead of monsoon but a condition posed by IMC prevented it from doing so in most parts of the city. The IMC’s condition was that Discom would remove the fallen branches and leave by itself else it would be fined for making city dirty. This led to a dispute between IMC and Discom and the latter backtracked on its plan of cutting branches of trees near cable lines. After the blackout, the IMC and Discom agreed on a pact. As per the agreement, the Discom would remove fallen branches and IMC would clean the leaves from the road.

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