DELHI, INDIA: The intense thunderstorm and heavy rains that pounded the city on Monday evening damaged poles, cables, and other electrical facilities, resulting in outages in several districts of the national capital.
According to a representative from BSES discoms BRPL and BYPL, the majority of power outages in the city were caused by trees and branches falling on overhead electrical cables and poles.
Power was restored “soon” in most of the impacted neighbourhoods, according to the discom that covers most of the city.
“The BSES discoms were on high alert, and fast reaction teams were dispatched to the scene. Because civic agencies were responsible for tree cutting and removal, it took a bit longer than normal to restore power in some places “a government official said.
Wet and swinging tree limbs came into touch with overhead lines, causing short-circuits, sparking, and blackouts, he added.
The storm knocked down electricity in several sections of North Delhi, including Narela, Bawana, Burari, Rohini, and Civil Lines, according to a TPDDL spokeswoman.
“The power supply was disrupted in various sections of North Delhi this evening due to strong winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rain. The storm caused damage to the electrical network, resulting in power outages owing to tripping and trees and branches falling on overhead power wires and poles “he stated
She said the issue was being evaluated and that 40 power poles had been damaged.
According to a TPDDL representative, “network restoration work is in underway in impacted locations in a staggered manner,” and “constant attempts are being made to minimise the damage.”
Meanwhile, the downpour and subsequent waterlogging, along with toppled trees, brought the city to a halt, causing enormous traffic jams.
Several trees were uprooted, obstructing traffic, including Bhai Vir Singh Marg on Gole Market near the Nepal Embassy and Parliament Street police station.
After some trees were uprooted on Kasturba Gandhi Marg in the city’s core, the road was entirely stopped to vehicle traffic for many hours.
There were also images of electrical poles destroying automobiles in South Extension market, as well as a Delhi Traffic Police booth being destroyed by high winds at Vijay Chowk.
Traffic delays have been recorded at Lajpat Nagar, Ashram, Malviya Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Connaught Place, Ashoka Road, KG Marg, and Feroza Road, among other areas, according to traffic police.
S S Yadav, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), stated, “Although vehicular flow had slowed, our teams made sure that ambulances near AIIMS, RML, and other hospitals did not encounter any difficulties. There were no reports of ambulances being stranded.”
By uploading images of numerous areas where trees had been removed, social media users tagged Delhi Traffic Police. The Delhi Police assured residents that their concerns will be addressed.
“I began from the High Court and after noticing gridlock on reaching Ashoka road where some trees had fallen, I made many routes to eventually reach Jai Singh Marg but have been trapped here for the last 1.30 hours,” Mahesh Kumar, an auto driver stuck in a bottleneck on Jai Singh Marg, said.