CESC deploys biggest restoration team to restore normalcy after Nor’weaster

Kolkata
2 Apr 2018

The Sunday evening Nor'wester on the first day of April that swept through Kolkata caused unprecedented number of damages to CESC overhead wires across the system. Particularly affected areas were Jadavpur, Taratala, Behala, Sarsuna, Maheshtala, Dumdum, Sinthi, Srerampore and Howrah.
More than 9000 calls (10 times than usual) were received at the emergency toll free number 1912 of which more than 300 were emergency calls. There are reports of snapping of more than 100 wires and uprooting of 3 electric poles. Massive restoration operation involving nearly 1000 CESC representatives began immediately. They worked on a war footing across the vast affected areas and carried their operation throughout the night and successfully restored 90% of the power connections by 7:30 am on Monday. Normalcy was restored by 10 am according to a CESC spokesperson who thanked the men who did a splendid restoration job defying a very difficult environment.
CESC spokesperson added that power connection in the area served by the underground cable remained largely unaffected. However there were reports of an electrocution of a person from a KMC Pole at the crossing of Dumayne Avenue and Garden Reach Road. In another incident a goat was also involved from a KMC Street Lamp Post leading to death at near Z-3/162 Dr. A K Road, Kolkata - 44. A close watch on the power supply situation is being kept and CESC is ready to take every emergency measure to maintain supply and ensure safety of citizens. The CESC emergency communication number 1912 is on the alert and ready to receive calls from affected citizens. (EOIC)