An uprooted tree after a thunderstorm accompanied by rainfall, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Parts of Delhi facing power outages as poles, wires damaged by thunderstorms, rain – Business Standard

Several parts of the national capital faced power outages as poles, wires and other electrical installations were damaged by the severe thunderstorm and torrential rain that hit the city on Monday evening.

Power outages in the city are mainly due to felling of trees and branches on overhead power lines and poles, according to a BSES official from BRPL and BYPL.

The disturbance that covered most of the city claimed that electricity was restored “quickly” in most of the affected areas.

“The BSES disturbances were on high alert and prompted rapid response teams into service. It took a little longer than usual to restore electricity in some areas where trees had been cut down and removed by civilian agencies,” said one of the officials.

He added that short circuits, sparks and outages also affected the power supply as wet and swaying tree branches came into contact with overhead cables.

A TPDDL spokesperson said several parts of North Delhi, including Narela, Bawana, Burari, Rohini and Civil Lines, had experienced power disruptions due to the storm.

“High winds, thunderstorms and torrential rain blanketed Delhi this evening, affecting power supplies in several parts of North Delhi. The storm damaged the electrical grid, causing power outages due to tripping, trees and branches falling into the air. Power lines and poles.”

She added that the situation is being assessed and damages have been reported to 40 electric poles.

A TPDDL spokesperson said network restoration work is underway in the affected areas in a gradual manner, and unremitting efforts are being made to minimize the impact.

Meanwhile, the city came to a standstill as rainfall and resulting waterlogging combined with uprooted trees jammed traffic.

Trees were uprooted in several places, including Bhai Vir Singh Marg in Gol Market near the Nepal Embassy and Parliament Street Police Station, blocking traffic.

Kasturba Gandhi Marg in the heart of the city was completely closed to traffic for hours after some trees there were uprooted.

There were also pictures of electricity poles destroying vehicles in the southern extension market while the Delhi Traffic Police booth in Vijay Chowk was damaged by strong winds.

Traffic jams have been reported from Lajpat Nagar, Ashram, Malviya Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Connaught Place, Ashoka Road, KG Marg and Feroza Road among others, a traffic police official said.

Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) SS Yadav said, “Obviously vehicle movement has become slow but our teams have confirmed that ambulances near AIIMS, RML and other hospitals have not encountered any obstacle. No calls were received regarding stranded ambulances.”

Atul Garg, director of the Delhi Fire Services, said the fire department was doing its best to clear the road in central Delhi where maximum trees had fallen besides responding to normal calls.

Social media users have flagged Delhi Traffic Police by sharing photos of different locations where trees have been uprooted. Delhi Police assured people that their cases are being taken care of.

Mahesh Kumar, a motorist stuck in a congestion in Jai Singh Marg said, “I started from the High Court and after seeing the traffic on reaching Ashoka Road where some trees fell, I took several detours to finally reach Jai Singh Marg but I’ve also been stuck here since 1.30 hours.

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