Blackout in eastern parts after main line snaps

Staff Reporter

Power supply was disrupted around 11 a.m.

Shoppers worst hit by disruption

Power was restored only by 10.45 p.m.

BANGALORE: Saturday turned out to be a hard day for people in eastern Bangalore and the worst hit were enthusiastic shoppers in the central business district. The power supply, which was disrupted around 11 a.m., was restored only by 10.45 p.m.

Prameela B., who had come for shopping on Commercial Street, said she could not complete her weekend purchases as the showrooms she visited were not on air-conditioners.

“It’s pretty hot already outside and imagine the situation inside the showroom without air-conditioner,” she said.

The situation was similar on Mahatma Gandhi Road, Brigade Road and surrounding areas, which people throng during weekends.

Residents too had to suffer the consequences of the blackout. M. Jairaj of Domlur said the family had to carefully use whatever water was left in the overhead tank.

As the family depends on borewell for its water needs, he could not fill the overhead tank because of the power shutdown.

Regretting the inconvenience caused to the residents, BESCOM Managing Director Tushar Girinath said the blackout was unintended.

One of the four main power supply lines between Hoody and HAL distribution centre snapped in the morning affecting power supply in the eastern parts of the city.

The transmission lines came under Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd., (KPTCL) and its personnel were on the job immediately to restore power supply. However, despite their best efforts, the line could not be restored, Mr. Girinath said.

Mr. Girinath noted that as the demand would be less during the night, supply would be resumed with the available three lines and the restoration work might be taken up on Sunday morning. KPTCL authorities were not available for comment.

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