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Transco tower collapses, more load shedding

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Rock-blasting as part of Outer Ring Road works resulted in collapse of a power transmission tower near Shamirpet on Thursday, kicking off a spate of additional load reliefs in many parts of twin cities and Ranga Reddy district.

The 220-KV tower of APTransco on the transmission line between Kothagudem Thermal Power Station and Shapurnagar collapsed reportedly after being hit by a boulder that was flung afar from the blasting site on the Outer Ring Road at around 2.30 p.m.

According to one version, the boulder struck a conductor causing it to snap, and the tower collapsed a little later under the weight of the snapped conductor. But some officials surmise that both the conductor and the tower were hit by two different boulders from the blast site. The exact cause is yet to be ascertained.

While major part of Ranga Reddy North Circle including industrial zones such as Jeedimetla and Bolarum will be affected by the collapse, many parts of the twin cities too will have to bear the brunt, said officials.

“There will be a shortage of 100 Megawatts of power and we will impose rotational load reliefs of half-an-hour to one hour in various localities of the city depending on the availability of power,” disclosed an official.

Officials from CPDCL Metro Zone informed that the city's share of power shortage would be around 60 Megawatts. Large part of Secunderabad, with special emphasis on areas falling under Moula Ali and Gunrock substations, is more likely to be affected by the load reliefs.

The tower being damaged totally, a new one will have to be erected in its place to restore the power supply to normalcy. It will take a minimum of 48 hours, the officials said.

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