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Updated: April 23, 2013 23:52 IST

Strong winds blow away transmission towers

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A girl playing with rain water while travelling in an auto rickshaw in Hyderabad on Tuesday. - Photo: Nagara Gopal
THE HINDU A girl playing with rain water while travelling in an auto rickshaw in Hyderabad on Tuesday. - Photo: Nagara Gopal

Heavy rain lashes city for second consecutive day; trees, poles uprooted

The city was lashed by heavy rain for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as showers accompanied by hail and gusts of winds hit several colonies of the city and surrounding areas.

Preceded by extremely sultry climate during the day, the downpour began towards the evening, and continued for almost one hour, leaving many areas in the city water-logged. Ranga Reddy district was also hit by heavy rains.

Areas on the outskirts of the city like Kushaiguda, Keesara, A.S. Rao Nagar, and LB Nagar witnessed hailstorms along with heavy rains. Two heavy transmission towers of APTransco carrying power between Ghanpur and Chandrayangutta, collapsed near Bandlaguda, 12 kilometres away from Nagole, under the impact of winds, affecting the input flows to the 220 kV Chandrayangutta sub-station.

However, power supply to the city remained unaffected, as back-feeding was given form 400 kV Mamidipally sub-station, a Transco official said.

Power disruptions

Nevertheless, the rain resulted in power disruptions across the city owing to collapse of trees and poles. In all, there are 127 feeder points across the city. Two large trees were uprooted near Uppal and at Alwal, while a cell tower came crashing down at Bongulur in Ibrahimpatnam mandal, resulting in traffic chaos.

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Andhra Pradesh has an antiquated distribution system where
underground cables are totally absent. Due to large scale
corruption the towers are of poor quality. The overhead cables are
near trees and the slightest breeze causes breakages or short
circuits. No effort is made to have underground feeders. An IAS
officer who has hardly any technical knowledge is in charge of the
electric supply system. Recruitment at all levels to APTRANSCO or
it's subsidiaries is made based on bribes and not on qualifications
and merit. Giving free power to farmers has caused increase in
tarriffs at regular intervals. In spite of this rice (which is the main
crop of the state) is sold in the open market at Rs.50/- a kilo. The
looting of money by politicians is so transparent but yet nothing
done about it.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 08:20 IST
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