The day itself dawned on the cloudy and gloomy side. Throw in a major power cut to much of the state and you get a whole group of very unhappy citizens. Tiswadi taluka was one of the biggest victims of the power cut, leaving Panjim and surrounding areas in the dark for most of the day’s 24 hours. Other places had the power going on and off which also included a lot of fluctuation. While the power cut was scheduled to last until 6 pm, most people did not have nor get back electricity until the wee hours of the morning. The concerned authorities earlier mentioned that Goa would see power cuts for at least another couple of weeks as well.
The power cut left people in the dark for most of Sunday
According to the newspapers, this power cut was for maintenance before the rains. It was only supposed to last until 6 pm. However, the planned power shutdown at the Kadamba and Verna substations left many parts of Tiswadi, Vasco, Verna, Nuvem, Cortalim, Majorda with no electricity. Residents were also left with no power supply in Carmona.
A restricted power supply was given to residents in Panaji and some parts of Tiswadi through alternate arrangements made from Ponda, Bicholim and Porvorim substations. Other places like Ribandar and Calangute had no power the entire day. A whole day without power left residents thoroughly upset and frustrated. Residents in the affected areas could not do any household work like cooking or using appliances like the water pump. Others worried about what the fluctuating power was doing to items like stabilizers, fridges, and fans and air-conditioners.
Check out TOI for comments from a few residents that had to ride out the power cut.
Public relations officer and executive engineer C H Rajagopalan attributed the delay in restoration of power supply to Tiswadi to the rains. He also stated, “We had to shift the 110 KV line from Tivim to Kadamba plateau that was passing through the proposed garbage plant and through private property. This was a time-consuming job. It is also the last Sunday we get to complete the last leg of maintenance work before the monsoons,” he said.
Information credit – TOI