Chandigarh: Storm disrupts power supply, over 20 trees fall

After the storm, the electricity department received more than 400 complaints from residents across the city.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: September 23, 2016 4:33:05 am
Repair work in progress in Sector 44 D, Chandigarh. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh) Repair work in progress in Sector 44 D, Chandigarh. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

A storm that lashed the city in the early hours of Thursday damaged the power distribution system, leading to power breakdowns across the city. Due to strong winds, trees fell at 24 places across the city.

According to officials of the power department, supply was disrupted in many sectors for one-five hours. According to officials of the electricity department, parts of sectors 8, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 33, 34, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, Manimajra and Khuda Alisher were among the affected areas.

After the storm, the electricity department received more than 400 complaints from residents across the city. Normally in summers, the department receives around 300 complaints daily. The department suffered losses as a large number of electricity poles were damaged in different parts of the city. UT superintending engineer MP Singh said they had to put in “desperate efforts” for restoring power. He added that the department suffered heavy losses as large number of electricity polls were damaged in different parts of the city.

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Trees fell at as many as 24 places in Chandigarh due to the thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.

In Panchkula, trees were seen uprooted in Sector 6, 16 and 19. There was flooding in various houses, especially in Sector 19, 16 and other low-lying areas.

As many as 37 trees were uprooted in Mohali. The residents of phase 7 remained without electricity till late in the evening. The residents said the officials of electricity department did not respond.

The horticulture wing of the Municipal Corporation kept getting frequent calls till Thursday noon to remove the trees that fell.

Although no major damage was reported in any of the sectors, yet people were inconvenienced since the trees had blocked several areas. Reports of big trees falling in sectors 7, 8, 15, 34, 37, 51, 45, 61, 44, 33, 20, 48, 49 was received by the officials of the horticulture wing. While the branches of trees at 26 other places also broke and the civic body was busy with the pruning till Thursday noon.

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