Maharashtra electricity dept repairs 15 transformers to restore supply

Pune: Power supply to societies in Baner, Balewadi and Kharadi was restored by Tuesday evening after Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd completed the repairs of 15 transformers that service these areas.

A statement from the distribution company said these transformers broke down because water accumulated on the roads had seeped into the feeder pillars or ring main units. In several affected societies water had collected at the spot from where the underground cables feeds electricity to the transformers. The cables caught moisture resulting in power failure.

An official said repairing underground cables is a time consuming. "It takes time to locate the fault site with the help of a cable tracking van. The site has to be dug up and cables separated. If the cable has caught moisture, we use blowers to dry them and do the patchwork. Road digging has disturbed several underground cables which develop fault in the rain," he said.

A new toll number 1912 has been set up by the Union power ministry for consumers to register their complaints which will be forwarded to the power utility.

(Sourced from timesofindia.indiatimes.com)