Power outage hits N coastal dists hard

The north coastal Andhra plunged into utter darkness in the early hours of Sunday following a major technical snag in the 400 kv power supply feeder of the AP Transco. Hospitals and train services were badly hit as officials took about four hours to restore the power supply. The hot summer night made matters worse as generators went out of fuel and inverters shut down due to discharge of batteries.

About 30 lakh power consumers in the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam were put to pre-dawn trouble by the Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL), which apparently failed to keep a tab on the main power feeder.

Officials said the capacity voltage transformer attached to the 400 KV feeder at Kalpaka village in Parawada mandal, adjacent to the NTPC-Simhadri power generation unit in Visakhapatnam district, developed technical problem at about 4 am on Sunday, plunging the entire north coastal Andhra into darkness.

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