West Bengal chief minister’s house, Kolkata areas without power

March 31st, 2009 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 31 (IANS) Power supply was snapped in parts of central and south Kolkata, including to the West Bengal chief minister’s residence and two leading hospitals, and Metro railway services were disrupted following a major power breakdown in the city Tuesday.
The chief minister’s residence at Palm Avenue in the southern part of the city remained without city power supply for half an hour after three transformers of West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) tripped simultaneously around 4.30 p.m.

A spokesman of city’s power utility said the supply was affected as its receiving station at Kasba in South Kolkata, which receives power from the WBSEB, became inoperative.

Supply was also disrupted at the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan for half an hour, while Metro railway services were briefly stalled for five to seven minutes.

The disruption spilled over to central Kolkata where the state-run Calcutta Medical College and Hospital was also without power for about 10 minutes.

“We normally get 190 MW of power from the WBSEB. Now we are getting 90 MW. So, there is a shortfall of 100 MW,” the spokesman told IANS.

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