Power cut hits Chennaiites

Power supply was also suspended where trees branches were located dangerously close to overhead cables
Chennai: Strong winds and heavy rains lashing the city plunged many localities into darkness with prolonged hours of power cuts since Sunday night. Many areas witnessed power outage due to snapping of overhead cables and inundation. As a precautionary measure to avoid electrocution, power supply was cut in some parts of Chennai where water logging was reported.
Power supply was also suspended where trees branches were located dangerously close to overhead cables.
Avadi and Pattabiram areas have been witnessing power outage from Sunday morning. “Due to major failure of 110 kv line from Avadi substation, these localities have been facing power cut,” said A. Roy Rozario of Pattabiram.
P. Harish of Shanthi Nagar in Avadi said nearly 70 houses in the area have been in the dark as power supply has not yet been restored. “A tree fell on an overhead cable and damaged an EB post,” he said.
K. Bharathi, a resident of Nochikuppam, said calls to the local EB office went unanswered. “Power supply to Nochikuppam and Kamarajar Salai was restored only after 12 hours at 6 pm. But the power went off again,” she said.
Power outage was witnessed in areas including Adambakkam, Chrompet- Radha Nagar, Nanganallur, Pazhavanthangal, Tambaram West- Krishna Nagar, Jerusalem Nagar, Pallavaram, Chittalapakkam and Sembakkam.
“Restoration of power supply was given priority and workers have been attending to complaints. Due to continuous rain and snapping of lines in several places, the restoration of power supply took longer time,” a Tangedco official said.
Empty Marina wears clean look
Heavy rains left Marina Beach with a sharp decline in footfalls and thereby reducing garbage load considerably.
The beach during weekends attracts more than one lakh footfalls, but since Saturday the three km stretch has been deserted. Therefore, the garbage load will also be less this week starting from Sunday.
Nevertheless, the civic staff is ready to bail out the stagnant water, keep the sand area clean and check if stormwater drains do not clog. Two high power motor pumps have also been deployed to clear inundation, so that the beach is always open for morning walkers, a corporation engineer said.
The number of public thronging the Foreshore Estate fish market and Dooming Kuppam in Marina has also fallen since Sunday due to rains. “Most of our fishermen have stopped venturing in to the sea due to rough weather and poor sales from Sunday”, said J. Arokiyam a local fishermen.
Similar is the situation with the Cinema theatres on Sunday and Monday. “When I called Sangam cinemas to block tickets for movie Naanum Rowdy Thaan on Sunday, the staff said that there adequate tickets and no need to block tickets,” said C. Karthick, a resident of Choolai.

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