Nagpur: The ordeal of citizens in South Nagpur due to long stretches of blackout is finally over as Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MAHATRANSCO) successfully completed installation of a new 25 MVA transformer at 132 KV Besa Sub-Station. Since the last four-days people have been troubled by power cuts in the aftermath of the breakdown of 25 MVA transformer.
It created a shortfall of 18 MW, especially during the night time when the demand for power shoots up substantially. So to keep the system intact, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) resorted to rotational load shedding. A communiqué from the MSEDCL mentioned that at 7 pm on Thursday the new 25 MVA started relaying power. About 13 lines emerge from the Besa sub-station covering most of South Nagpur and to some extent the outskirts area of the city, especially those towards Hudkeshwar.
On May 21, one of the mega transformers malfunctioned putting the power officials in a tight spot. Knowing well the consequences, the MSEDCL immediately relayed information about restoring to temporary power management strategy till a new transformer is put in place. Senior officials of MSEDCL and MAHATRANSCO visited the affected sub-station and oversaw the commissioning of a new transformer. But since the last four days, the intermittent power outage has hit the normal life of citizens.
While MSEDCL claimed that on Wednesday the disruption was very limited as only six sub-station areas faced some power cuts and that too a maximum of one hour. But on the contrary, citizens in South Nagpur localities complained of power cuts up to four hours. Such was the situation that people had not slept for days together as the sultry and hot weather made life more difficult. So used to uninterrupted power supply, the sudden blackouts and too for hours all together complicated the matter for the households.
More than that the commercial entities in South Nagpur bore the brunt as they suffered huge losses due to prolonged power cuts. The situation was so tense that Nagpur city police were keeping hawk’s eye on the city roads. Extra police bandobast was deployed at MSEDCL substation to avoid any law and order problem. Continuous patrolling was done in areas affected by power cuts.
On the other hand, powermen worked round the clock to bring the new 25 MVA transformer on-line. All the parameters were thoroughly checked and new lines integrated with the power panel and thereafter one by one the branch lines were attached to the new transformer.