The heavy rains have disrupted regular life of citizens in Pune district for last one week. The waterlogging has been reported in all the low-lying areas due to which thousands of residents were evacuated. Meanwhile, the staff of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) were risking their lives and working 24x7.
Around 5,000 staff members, were tirelessly working during these days.
As per the government, 189 transformers in Pune urban and 2,300 in Pune rural areas were disconnected from the main power supply, which affected around 60,395 people, (30,143 in Pune Urban and 30,252 in Pune rural).
Since Monday, the water level in rivers crisscrossing the city is increasing continuously. Recently, around 38,000 cusecs of water was released from Mulshi dam in Mula river. The power supply in Rihe area of 22 KV channel was stopped on Sunday to prevent any mishap. As a result, the power supply of 10 villages including Rihe, Shelkewadi, Ghotawade, Jawal, Katarkhadak, Khambali, Pimpoli and others was stopped.
“The staff members entered the water to disconnect the power supply which could be inviting an accident. From last Sunday evening, all staff were on high alert and they were in the office to tackle any situation. Due to their alertness, the situation was in control,” said Bharat Pawar, Deputy Public Relation Officer of MSEDCL, Pune. “The technical staff members and officers of MSEDCL tried hard to restore the power supply. They have worked almost 24x7 without taking any rest from Sunday evening,” he said.
The water seeped in feeder boxes in Aundh, Bopodi, Bavdhan, Baner, Balewadi, Madhuban Colony, Old Sangvi, Wakad Gaothan, Kaspte Vasti, Pawananagar, Chinchwad, Pimple Nilakh, Kasarwadi, Kalewadi, Shivtirth and other areas,” Pawar said. The power supply was restored after water level reduced.