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Capital's heart goes powerless

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Parts of Connaught Place and adjoining areas in the Capital went without power for at least five hours on Wednesday due to a major fault at the New Delhi Municipal Council's sub-station in Scindia House, severely affecting business and office work in the central business district.

According to the NDMC spokesperson, due a major "flashover" at the Scindia House sub-station, a transformer was completely burnt down. "As a result, we had to resort to rotational load-shedding in the entire area in order to ensure at least some supply to the affected buildings and localities during the repair work."

The major breakdown affected at least six multi-storey buildings in Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Barakhamba Road, Scindia House and its adjoining buildings and other parts of Connaught Place. Those working in the area complained that the power went off in the afternoon and was restored only by evening. Stating that moisture in the transformer led to the fault, the NDMC official said though supply was restored in the evening, the repair work was still continuing and was likely to be completed only by Friday afternoon.

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