On a hot, humid Friday night, residents of Rajnagar Extension faced seven hours of tripping in their electricity mainline after a truck collided with an electricity pole supplying power to several societies in the locality. The tripping happened for more than 50 times during the night.
The incident happened at around 7 pm when a truck hit the pole in neighbouring Morta village supplying power from Carol feeder through a 33KV line to KW Srishti, Fortune Residency and several other societies, told SP Singh, executive engineer of PVVNL.
"Till the time the pole was repaired, the supply was shifted to Kanha Upvan powerhouse. The substation couldn't bear the extra burden and tripping started due to overload," Singh added.
However, the situation became normal by 2 am.
The residents had a tough time as due to tripping, many of them switched off their air-conditioners, cooler and other heavy electrical appliances as tripping can damage these. With minimum temperature also inching upwards, many residents were seen roaming in their society's park.
“Thankfully, tomorrow is second Saturday and our offices are closed. Otherwise, it would have been a nightmare,” said a group of youth in SCC Heights, a high-rise in RNE.
Meanwhile, the residents said that worst affected were senior citizens and children. “It's not possible to sleep for us under the warm air of ceiling fan and we can't turn on our AC and cooler also. So, had to stay awake the entire night," said RP Tyagi, a resident of Fortune Residency, a high-rise in RNE.