Pune: While there were power cuts in several parts of the city on Sunday and Monday due to rains and bad weather conditions, the households which had students studying for the ongoing Std X and XII Board examinations feared that if the power cut had continued any longer, it could have affected the students.
Speaking to Sakal Times, a parent of a Std X student, who lives in Katraj, said, “There was power failure for around 30 minutes on Sunday night and the next day, my daughter had social sciences paper-I. For the half an hour when the electricity was gone, she studied with the light from the emergency lamp. But if the power cut had to prolong any more, we would certainly have a problem.”
Another parent also mentioned that although they have an inverter at home, just to be on safer side, they used the tube light and fan only in their daughter’s room where she was studying.
However, as the lights were gone for a shorter time, we didn’t really have a lot of issues.
Most parents expressed that as the power cut was for a short period of time, it was manageable.
According to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), due to the sudden shower on Sunday, many transformers failed to work and underground cables were damaged due to waterlogging.
Areas like Parvati, Sinhgad Road, Dhayari, Dhayari Phata, Narhe Gaon, Bhosari, Pimpri, Kaspate Vasti, Pimple Nilakh and Pimple Saudagar were badly affected.
“The rain started at 4 pm on Sunday and after an hour, we started receiving complaints about the power disruptions. Our engineering section found that in some areas there was tree fall on overhead cable and waterlogging on underground cable caused disconnection of the electricity. Apart from this, in the Pimple Saudagar area, transformers had failed, which caused inconvenience. When the rain stopped, the officers started working on it. It took almost hours to get back electricity and where the transformers had failed, it took around four hours to get back electricity,” said an executive engineer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.