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Inconvenience to public:The 250 KVA transformer that burst in Krishnagiri on Thursday evening.
Inconvenience to public:The 250 KVA transformer that burst in Krishnagiri on Thursday evening.

Staff Reporter

KRISHNAGIRI: A 250 KVA transformer on Gandhi Road burst during rain with strong winds here on Thursday evening leaving people in the lurch till Saturday.

About 250 to 300 residents on Gandhi Road, Perumal Koil Road and Thimmarayan Street spent sleepless nights due to hot weather and mosquito menace.

As the requests from people mounted, the TNEB officials and workers resumed power supply with the barest minimum load to enable the Zero Watts bulbs to burn at 6 p.m. on Friday.

This lasted for two-and-half hours. After much persuasion and requests from the public, a foreman from TNEB again restored the minimum load of power supply and the load was increased on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m.

A TNEB official told The Hindu that the transformer had been sent to the Central Stores in Dharmapuri and it would take at least two days to get it repaired and recommissioned, probably on Monday evening.

If a spare transformer was available, the problem could have been solved on Thursday night itself. The practice of keeping a spare transformer for immediate replacements for the breakdown transformers was not maintained in the State.

Furthermore, for each and every time, even for a petty problem, officials had to travel to Dharmapuri in the absence of a Superintending Engineer's Office in Krishnagiri.

A request in this regard was submitted to Minister for Electricity Arcot N. Veerasamy during the inauguration of 33/11 KV sub-station at Chinnakothur in Veppanapalli block, he said.

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