Most parts of city forced to go without power
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Almost the entire city went powerless at about 3 pm today after a fire incident at the 220-KVA Lalton sub-station. This has cost Punjab State Power Corporation & Transmission Limited losses worth crores of rupees. It may take longer to restore this power, announced Chief Engineer K N Sharma.
The Municipal Corporation (MC) had to arrange 40 back-up generators to run tubewells in areas like Janta Nagar, Gill Road and some more areas in order to at least ensure water supply to consumers. According to the intimation by the power corporation, it would most probably take the night for the the staff to repair the loss.
"The Lalton feeder is the main reservoir of power to more than half the city," explained Sharma. "We are shifting the load of this sub-station to other sub-stations."
"But still even after that arrangement, a large part of Ludhiana city will remain powerless overnight. So we have intimated the MC Commissioner to make adequate arrangement to at least supply water in these areas," he added.
It needs to be mentioned that on Monday current transformers costing more than Rs 25 lakh had been damaged at the same sub-station. Since then, erratic power supply was already being faced by most residents of the city and the fire just served to compounded their miseries.
The prominent areas which were powerless included the whole of Ferozepur Road, Pakhowal Road and adjoining colonies, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines, Haibowal, Gurdev Nagar, Model Town, Model Town Extension, Dugri, Gill Road, Janta Nagar and Shimlapuri.