Residents spend sleepless night; many wake up to find taps dry
There was a blackout in the Tricity as the collapse of the northern grid led to a breakdown of electricity. The power supply could not be restored for around seven hours and resumed at close to 10 am. In some sectors,it was resumed and then again disrupted for a few hours. Water was supplied in some sectors of the city while others went dry. The sectors located closer to the water works received water for some time in the morning. The southern sectors were the worst affected.
The breakdown affected office-goers and students who had to rush for their classes with the routine getting upset. Inverters worked for some hours before these too died down. Residents made frantic calls to the electricity complaint centre but found the number off the hook. Some spent the night out on the roads,hoping for the power supply to restore.
There was a breakdown of electricity supply at 2.30 am. We were clueless about when the supply would be restored and could not get through the number on which a complaint could be registered. With there being no power and in the morning the water supply too playing truant,it was a tough task to get ready for office and send the children to school, said Neera Sood,a resident of Sector 45.
Chandigarh Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chairman P C Sanghi said that the residents faced a hard time due to the power disruption. With the breakdown being in the middle of the night and no information about when electricity would be restored,there was a lot of uncertainty. Superintending Engineer (Electricity) M P Singh said that the power supply to the city was restored in the morning.
Trains badly hit
Trains were disrupted by Mondays electricity failure,with most running a couple of hours behind schedule. Harried passengers could be seen waiting at the station for their trains to arrive.
The Kalka Shatabdi that departs at 6.53 am could finally start at 8.25 am. The train was sent to New Delhi using a diesel engine. The train from New Delhi too was also delayed. The Chennai-Chandigarh Express that departs from the city at 7.45 am departed an hour late.
The Howrah-Kalka mail that was to arrive at 3.20 am finally arrived at 11 am. The Duronto Express,instead of arriving at its scheduled time of 9.30 am,chugged into the station almost two hours late.
Passengers of the Jan Shatabdi to New Delhi kept waiting from 7.05 am,its arrival time. It was around noon that the announcement of the arrival of the train gave cause for the passengers to heave a sigh of relief. Santosh,a resident of Hoshiarpur said that she had been waiting for the train since early morning.
I traveled from Hoshiarpur to Chandigarh to catch the train and arrived at the station at 6 am. Since then,I have been sitting at the platform waiting. It will take a few more hours before I manage to reach Delhi, she rued.
Another passenger Shalu,a resident of Jaipur,was sitting at the station waiting for the Paschim Express. The train departs from the station at 11.20 am but there was no sign of its arrival till late in the afternoon.
I have been told that the train would arrive by 2 pm. I have been waiting since morning at the station as I have to return to Jaipur. If the train does not arrive soon,then I might have to go by a bus, she pointed out.hospitals too suffer power pain
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