Cyclone Nisarga: Power supply affected in four districts of Maharashtra

ST Staff
Thursday, 4 June 2020

Continuous rain with alternating heavy spells, escorted by strong winds, lashed many parts of Maharashtra resulting power outages.

Cyclone Nisarga created huge destruction in major districts of Maharashtra including some parts of Mumbai. Continuous rain with alternating heavy spells, escorted by strong winds, lashed many parts of Maharashtra resulting power outages.

Nisarga, which made landfall in Alibaug on Maharashtra's coast led to severe demolition with the power supply to more than 25 lakh consumers of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) in four districts of Pune, Thane, Raigad and Palghar were interrupted.

The MSEDCL said, the state department cut the power supply to many substations in these four districts as a precautionary step. The company said it was working strongly to restore power supply in these areas by Thursday.

The MSEDCL in a statement said, “Due to the cyclone, electric poles at various locations were uprooted and power supply was interrupted. Though it is difficult to ascertain the extent of damage caused because of this cyclone, we are working on war footing basis to restore the supply.”

Due to the gusty winds and heavy rainfall, electricity poles at many places were collapsed. Incidents of trees falling on high and low tension cables were also reported as a result the power supply was interrupted.

MSEDCL provides power to over 2.7 crore consumers in the state, except Mumbai, counting more than 1.65 crore consumers.

POWER OUTAGE IN PUNE

Pune was also hit badly due to the Nisarga cyclone with many incidents of trees uprooted were reported. Many areas in the city, as well as the district, faced the problem of power failure. 540 feeder lines were damaged across the district, said officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). Nearly 340 lines in talukas such as Ambegaon, Khed, Junnar and Maval were shut down as precautionary step. The damage to feeder lines also caused power disruption in many areas in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad on Wednesday.

Work on the restoration of the supply was delayed by non-stop rain and winds at various locations, said MSEDCL PRO Nishikant Raut. 82 feeder lines were impaired in Pune whereas 115 lines were affected in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

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