Pune: Almost the entire city experienced power failure on Thursday morning. As a result, the traffic signal system was shut off and traffic snarls were witnesses across the city.
Moreover, citizens faced problems with water supply. Hotel executives and shopkeepers, who did not have generators, had to bill manually while ATMs were closed at several places.
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) suspended power supply to the central parts and suburbs of the city.
NR Kaut, Executive Engineer, MSEDCL, said, “Due to pre-planned and pre-requisite work to increase the power of a transmission tower, electricity supply of 220 KV capacity was shut down at 7 am on Thursday. Therefore, power supply remained suspended to many areas of the city. However, it was restored in the afternoon around 4 pm.”
“Traffic signal did not function for many hours in the morning and massive congestions ensued. However, the traffic police managed traffic efficiently. Police personnel took help of some more staffers from the traffic branch while managing the situation,” said Prabhakar Dhamale, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic Branch.
“Traffic signals at most places in the city went out of order. There was a large number of vehicles on arterial and internal roads. There was chaos. Moreover, arguments started among commuters as they tried to get rid of traffic jams. They took interior roads to reach their destinations. We were also stuck in traffic congestions for 20 minutes while coming out of Sahakar Nagar. The government should learn a lesson from this. The traffic signal system should run on inverters or solar energy and should not merely depend on power supply,” said Mayuresh Kulkarni, a student of the Savitribai Phule Pune University.