Pune: The first spell of rain in the city disrupted power supply in Wagholi-Lohegaon area.
The residents of Wagholi-Lohegaon area are in distress in the absence of a proper drainage system, which has led to water-logging. This resulted in long power cuts.
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) officials admitted that the transformer on Baif Road, Wagholi, had become dysfunctional due to heavy rains, which led to the power cut.
Members of Wagholi Housing Societies Association (WHSA), on Saturday, tweeted to the Prime Minister’s Office, Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and other government officials reminding them of the poor infrastructural development and unpredictable power cuts.
Sanjeev Kumar Patil, WHSA Director, told Sakal Times that the societies, which are in low-lying areas, faced power cuts for over 30 hours. It is an annual occurrence. Even if it rains for less than two hours, power goes off for more than eight hours.
“We have made several complaints to MSEDCL, written emails and letters to them, posted on Facebook and tweeted relating to this issue. Officials have not done anything in this regard. We have to ultimately deal with the situation,” he said. Shailendra Peshwa, Chairman of Solacia Phase 2 in Wagholi, said, “It started raining yesterday. Now, water has risen to four to five feet in the parking area, due to which 80 per cent of the vehicles have been submerged. For over past 30 hours, there is no light in our society.”
Gitesh Porwal, a resident of Sai Sanskruti on Wagholi-Lohegaon Road, said, “For the past 48 hours, there is no light in our society. Those who have induction stoves are not able to cook food. We are not able to charge our mobile phones. Families having infants, children and elderly people are having a harrowing time.”
Nitin Rokade, facility manager of BA Varman society on Wagholi-Lohegaon Road, said, “Due to a poor drainage system and infrastructure, water-logging takes place. It started flooding and rainwater got mixed with sewage treatment plant water, due to which we had to turn off the main power switch at the society. Usually, power cuts take place every day with no fixed timings. There was no electricity in our society yesterday. It was restored today.”
Commenting on the issue, RN Kant, Executive Engineer of MSEDCL, said, “The transformer has been rendered dysfunctional due to heavy rains. Yesterday for over five hours, there was no power supply in the area. Also, due to heavy rains, we had to cut the power supply for the safety of residents.”