Narhe: Underground Power Lines Cut At 15 Places Causing Power Outage

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Mrunal Jadhav

Pune, October 12, 2020: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has started the work of road excavation at the Abhinav College Campus in Narhe. Due to this, power lines have been cut off in 15 areas by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) in the last eight days. As a result, the power supply of 600 to 700 electricity consumers in the area has been disrupted. Without shifting the power systems of MSEDCL, the work of road widening is going on.

According to MSEDCL, the excavation work has been started by the PMRDA for concreting the road at the Abhinav College area, Narhe under the Parvati Division of the MSEDCL. In the last eight days, MSEDCL’s underground high and low voltage power lines have been cut off at 15 places, daily two to three lines get damaged. There are about 500 to 600 residential societies in the area. But the power supply of three to four housing societies gets disrupted daily due to power outages affecting 600 to 700 power consumers. The alternative power supply is also not available for the people after the damage caused to the main underground lines, MSEDCL has to bear the loss and the cost of repairing the lines. Consumers are also suffering unnecessarily due to power outages. At the same time, MSEDCL has to bear the wrath of the consumers.

In fact, in the work of concreting and widening the road, it is necessary to shift the power poles, electric lines, transformers etc. According to the proposal sent by the PMRDA to the MSEDCL, PMRDA is responsible for appointing a contractor and replacing the power lines and transformers. However, road work is going on without any prior notice or replacement of power lines.

Also, as underground power lines are getting damaged every day, a problem of power supply has arisen. MSEDCL has informed PMRDA about the situation. MSEDCL claims that they did not know the excavation work will cause problems or else they might have taken steps to avoid it. However, excavations are still being carried without any prior notice, the officials from the power utility company said.

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