AGRA: More than two weeks after a freak storm, with winds having velocity of over 130 km per hour, had swept several parts of Agra, residents of 35 villages in Achnera and Kiraoli blocks continue to suffer from erratic power supply. Several electricity poles were uprooted in the rainstorm. Power department officials said it would take another couple of days to restore power supply.
Some of the other affected villages are situated in Achnera, Kiraoli, Bah, Pinahat, Fatehabad, Etmadpur, Baroli Ahir, Khandoli, Fatehpur Sikri, Shamshabad, Jaitpur Kalan, Saiyan, Kheragrah and Jagner development blocks. Without electricity, water supply in these villages has also been disrupted.
Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL) lost rural electricity infrastructure worth Rs 10 crore in eight districts of Agra and Aligarh divisions in the storm. A detailed survey conducted by the distribution company has revealed that in Agra district alone, more than 5,000 electricity poles were damaged by high velocity winds. Besides, 56 substations were also affected. Around 300 villages of the district had remained in darkness for nearly 24 hours.
Senior officials of the power department had prepared a 15-day action plan to normalise electricity supply in the district.
DVVNL managing director SK Verma said, “High velocity winds had resulted in major damages to substations, transmission lines, transformers and supply poles. Maximum damage has taken place in Agra district. Additional teams have been deployed for repair work.”
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