Pune: Railway Excavation Disrupts Power Supply; Underground Power Line Severed Three Times in Three Days

Pune: Railway Excavation Disrupts Power Supply; Underground Power Line Severed Three Times in Three Days

Pune: Railway Excavation Disrupts Power Supply; Underground Power Line Severed Three Times in Three Days

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Excavation work by the railway department using JCB machines in Bijlinagar, Chinchwad, has led to the severing of Mahavitaran’s underground high-voltage power line three times in three days. This disruption has caused power outages affecting approximately 20,000 customers and significant financial losses for Mahavitaran.

The Chinchwad 132 KV substation of Mahaparetran supplies power to the Mahavitaran’s Chakan 22 KV power line, which in turn supplies power to the switching station in the area. From this station, high-voltage power lines supply electricity to Pradhikaran, Nigdi, and the Otas Scheme areas.

Currently, the railway department is working on laying a new railway line next to the existing one in Bijlinagar. This involves extensive excavation using JCB machines. 

Mahavitaran had informed the railway department about the presence of their underground Chakan 22 KV power line in the excavation area. However, due to a lack of proper precautions, the power line was severed on Friday (7th), Monday (10th), and Tuesday (11th). 

Each time the underground power line was cut, Mahavitaran’s Pradhikaran switching station was rendered inoperative, resulting in power outages for around 20,000 customers in Pradhikaran and Nigdi. Engineers and staff from Mahavitaran quickly implemented technical measures to restore power to 18,500 customers within an hour through alternative arrangements. However, approximately 1,500 customers experienced power outages for 3 to 4 hours each day due to the lack of alternative supply options.

The Chakan 22 KV power line, which was severed by the railway department’s excavation, is buried three to four meters underground. 

Rainwater has accumulated in the excavation pits, complicating repair efforts. Despite these challenges, Mahavitaran has been working tirelessly to repair the severed line. 

Over the three days, 20 meters of new power line were installed, and seven joints were needed to fix the damaged sections. On Tuesday alone, four joints were installed, with each joint requiring about four hours to complete. Extra caution was taken to avoid endangering the railway line due to the frequent up-down local train services. Despite these obstacles, Mahavitaran worked relentlessly to restore power as quickly as possible.

Joyville