Chennai faces power cuts, officials say no shortage

By Naomi N Published on Apr 24, 2017 03:43 PM IST

Chennai: For the past couple of days, several parts of the city face low voltage and frequent power shutdown during day and night.

With agni nakshathram starting in a week, residents are clueless about having to face power shortage. Areas such as Velacheri, Nanganallur, Tambaram, Vandalur and East Coast Road (ECR) face intermittent power-cuts and low voltage problems.

However, officials of TANGEDCO say that they have sufficient power to pull through this summer.

Balakrishnan, a resident of Velacheri said, "The power went off four to five times on Sunday night. We had a disturbed sleep last night."

Some areas in the city and in the suburb did not have power for the entire night. However when contacted officials maintained that there is no shortage of power.

Even during peak summer residents can go about without worrying about power failures, they add. Speaking to News Today, TANGEDCO’s Assistant Divisional Engineer Stephen said, "On 22 April a 230 KV line had snapped at Siruseri which is main feeder for the substations across the city. It happened during the odd hours at 2 am. The reason why the line got snapped is yet to be ascertained. However, it was totally unexpected. We informed the headquarters in Anna Salai. The load dispatchers have been maintaining sufficient power supply without interruptions. The problem will persist only for few days."

The official maintained that changing the High Tension cables (11 KV) to maintain supply will affect residents but just for five or 10 minutes.

An official said, "We have been asked to provide 11 KV to 10.5 KV, unlike the earlier 9.3 KV to 9.5 KV. We are meeting the demands. Residents will have to face power-cut for few minutes which is for generation and load changing."

Allying fears, officials also maintained that ahead of summer, many transformers were changed in the city to increase the voltage capacity.