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Cable fault results in blackout

R. Srikanth

Efforts are on to restore supply: TANGEDCO

— Photo: V. GANESAN

The sudden downpour on Monday left several overhead cables snapped and damaged a few transformers. An electrical transformer in Periamet caught fire on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: A major cable fault between the Taramani and R.A. Puram substations left several areas in the southern parts of the city without power on Tuesday.

Just when the residents were recovering from power cut caused by snapping-off of overhead cables on Tuesday night during the heavy rain, the power failure on Tuesday afternoon disrupted normal life of hundreds of residents.

Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) sources said efforts were on to restore supply, but since the nature of fault was major, it could be restored only in a phased manner.

Meera Diwakar, a resident of Seetha Nagar in Nungambakkam, said there was no power supply for over 15 hours in her locality. “The power went off at 3 a.m. on Tuesday and was restored only in the evening,” she said.

A press release issued by TANGEDCO said that the extra high tension cable running between the Taramani 230 KV substation and Taramani 110 KV substation failed around 11 a.m. leading to tripping of electricity in major parts of southern Chennai.

Power supply to the substations feeding areas, including Teynampet, R.A. Puram, MRC Nagar, Mandaveli, Foreshore Estate, Mylapore, Royapettah, Gopalapuram, Nungambakkam, Valluvarkottam, Adyar, Gandhi Nagar, Indira Nagar and parts of Thiruvanmiyur, Kottur, Kotturpuram, Kottivakkam, Velachery, T. Nagar and Nandanam were disrupted.

Sources said load shedding was likely to be implemented on rotational basis in these localities until normally supply is restored. High tension consumers have been requested to use their own generators.

Even as the cable fault was being attended to, a senior official of TANGEDCO said that the work would involve more than four days' work, as the fault in the cable was major.

While power supply was restored to the Taramani substation within a few hours, steps were being taken to provide alternative power supply to the R.A. Puram substation, he added.

Following the rain, some roads in the city were left flooded.

Lightning

strike

A lightning struck during the rain on Monday evening and the walls of the museum in Cholamandal Artists' Village were found damaged. According to its president M. Senathipathi,

“Several coconut trees and plantain trees in the backyard were uprooted. The walls around the museum and canteen have been damaged,” he said.

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