Fog hits power supply, seven main lines trip

LudhianaA power corporation employee busy with repair work in Ludhiana on Thursday. Gurmeet Singh

Apart from hitting train service and road transport, dense fog affected power supply as well. Dense fog on Thursday and Wednesday morning resulted in tripping of seven main lines of 66kv resulting in a large area being without power for hours together.

Apart from this, regular faults are being reported across the city on a daily basis following dense fog.

Confirming this, Chief Engineer (Ludhiana central) Rachpal Singh said, "Fog results in tripping of main lines as the discs of transformers fail and even dewdrops affect the conductors of transformers as well. Though we had installed anti-fog devices in industrial areas, problems were reported from the sub-urban areas due to which power went off for hours together on the outskirts of Ludhiana."

However, regular trippings were being reported from urban areas like Sarabha Nagar, Pakhowal road, Ferozepur road, Shastri Nagar, Civil Lines and South City throughout the day on Thursday as well.

Singh said, "Such faults are evident in dense fog but our teams are working round the clock to repair them. Normally the lines develop faults early in the morning."

He said that consumers must co-operate with them in the days of dense fog. In Ludhiana city areas, problems were reported more because of pollution as well. As the whether is likely to remain foggy in the coming days as well, the power corporation has not ruled out faults in the next few days.

Technical problems in sewak machines<\b>

Technical faults have also developed in sewak machines wherein consumers can deposit their electricity bills electronically. The machine in Industrial Area was responding to consumer numbers at random. Therefore, hundreds of consumers had to go to the electricity office to get their bills deposited manually. Chief Engineer Rachpal Singh said that he was not aware of this problem and now would get all the sewak machines checked to rectify the faults.

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