Updated: February 9, 2022 1:18:43 pm
The 6-hour power outage Wednesday morning affected the attendance of online classes across schools in Pune as students faced difficulties in charging their devices and accessing the internet.
A major fault in the 400 KV high-tension transmission lines of Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) at Chakan and Lonikand substations had disrupted power supply to the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad in the early hours of Wednesday.
The power failure started at 5 am and continued for more than six hours. Supply was restored around 11 am in some areas and by 11.30 am, almost 80 per cent of the city had its electricity restored, MSETCL officials said.
Schools across the city faced problems in conducting both online and offline classes. While some schools managed to conduct physical classes with generator backup for power, most reported an impact on the attendance in online classes.
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Priyadarshini Group of School’s principal Gayatri Jakkan said that 50 per cent students are coming to the school for physical classes and the school is managing with generator backup but online classes are affected. “Students are saying they are facing network issues and are not being able to join,” she said.
Chandrika Banerjee, principal, Magarpatta Public School, however, reported no impact on attendance. “The students come from within the township, so there is a supply backup both at the school and at their homes. The problem is mainly with students from outside areas but teachers are helping them manage.”
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