Jamshedpur, July 12: Several areas under Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) are facing acute power pangs since last midnight following snags in supply lines on NH-33 and at Adityapur.
Areas like Baliguma, Mango, and some parts of Adityapur in neighboring Seraikela-Kharsawan district are reeling in darkness since midnight. Although power supply was restored in the morning, it remained erratic.
A senior JUVNL official conceded that the two simultaneous snags on the highway and near JMT Auto Limited, an industrial unit in Adityapur had led to the crisis.
Mango, where power woes began at 12.30 a.m., was among the worst-hit neighborhoods. About 1 lakh JUVNL subscribers were affected, most of them faced water crisis too as the submersible pumps could not be operated.
Adityapur, Jugsalai and Parsudih also faced intermittent power cuts and compulsory load-shedding since last night as two major grid substations at Golmuri and Gamharia, which supply power to the Singhbhum region, together received around 70MW less than usual.
While the Golmuri grid substation got only 30MW against a normal supply of 40MW, the one in Gamharia received 40MW against 60MW.
A JUVNL official at Mango office, N K Singh admitted the problems. “The power crisis was led by snags, which are beyond our control. Normal supply was restored in Mango and other localities,” he said.
Production process in some small industries at Adityapur in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district were also affected due to the power crisis. “The power crisis has returned to haunt us. With the beginning of Monsoon season the situation arises.
Production got affected in several industries, which does not have diesel generator sets,” said a spokesperson of Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA).