AT EVE’s garden society in Baner, 72 residents faced a gruelling time with no electricity for 82 hours. The Comfort Zone society at Balewadi, which houses 504 flats, went without power for nearly 40 hours while at Elite Empire Society in Balewadi, 325 flats went without power for 30 hours.
To review the power crisis, on Tuesday, Ramrao Munde, Chief Engineer, Pune zone of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), visited some of the societies at Balewadi. Several members of the Baner Balewadi Residents Association also met Munde at the MSEDCL and demanded compensation for the damage of various electrical appliances due to fluctuation problem. By Tuesday evening, however, power was restored.
Swapna Narayan, one of the members of the core committee of the Baner Balewadi Residents Association, said that as many as 32 societies faced problems —some due to no power and others due to low voltage and fluctuation.
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“This has damaged appliances like refrigerators and borewell pumps. We are told by the power utility authorities that it is the society’s responsibility to maintain the transformer. However, we have said that it is clearly the role of the MSEDCL authorities, which should have carried out adequate maintenance work so that the transformers would not have failed,” Narayan said.
At Elite Empire, secretary of the society Bhageshri Malange showed the chief engineer Munde the spot where both the transformers failed. “There was a blast and then the power tripped for nearly 30 hours, she said. The generator back up also failed and water from tankers could not be pumped into several societies buildings,” Narayan said.
They also demanded compensation from the MSEDCL. According to rules laid down by the Maharahtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, compensation can be demanded from the power utility, if power is not restored within six hours of a cable fault and within 18 hours of a transformer failure. “Lifts were not functional and it was extremely difficult to speak to even a junior MSEDCL engineer,” Narayan said.
Bhosari, Moshi, Spine Road and other areas in Pimpri Chinchwad experienced power cuts lasting for over 12-13 hours. B Ashoke, a resident of Moshi Pradhikaran, said the electric supply went late on Monday night and was not restored after several hours. “This is the first time we have had such a long power outage in the area,” he said.
R Pillay, a resident of Bhopkhel in Pimpri-Chinchwad said they had no power in Ganeshnagar from 9 am onwards. “The power was restored only after 16 hours,” Pillay said.