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For them, it turned out to be a `black Sunday'

Suresh of Muneshwara Block in Mahalakshmi Layout sitting in front of his television set that went blank because of voltage fluctuation in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Suresh of Muneshwara Block in Mahalakshmi Layout sitting in front of his television set that went blank because of voltage fluctuation in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.  

BANGALORE, AUG. 1. For some residents of Muneshwara Block in Mahalakshmi Layout, Sunday's India-Sri Lanka final was a burnout as far as their television sets were concerned. Between 3.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. a sudden surge in voltage on one street in Muneshwara Block blew the fuses of television sets in some houses, leaving the residents angry and shocked.

Jayadeva, a resident, told The Hindu that his television set and a DVD player were damaged. Suresh, his neighbour, too had a similar complaint. While they did not know the reason for the voltage surge, all residents blamed Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) for the damage.

Crow blamed

When contacted, the Assistant Executive Engineer of N-7 sub division, Shivaram, could not pinpoint the cause. But he came up with a theory: "A crow may have dropped a wire on one wire on the transformer. This may have caused that wire to touch an adjacent wire and cause a sudden spark or surge, lasting a few seconds".

He said all All-Electric Home installations should have earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCBs) as per the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) Electricity Supply and Distribution code, 2001-02. "Most consumers think that because they have load limiters and mini-circuit breakers, they don't need ELCBs.

But ELCBs prevent the television fuses from being blown. See, our AEH meters are intact, only weak equipment have been damaged," he said.

The aggrieved residents believed that Bescom's new insurance scheme would help them as it "is meant to insure consumers' properties against circumstances over which Bescom has no control."

Mr. Shivaram said the fault lay with the consumers for not installing ELCBs.

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