Heavy downpour damages power distribution in sub- station of Sichey area

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Three distribution sub-stations along with High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) lines in Middle Sichey on Indira Byepass Road have been damaged due to landslide trigged by the heavy rainfall that occurred on 1st May.

Due to these damages the houses in Upper Sichey, Middle Sichey and Lower Sichey are totally power cut. The landslide has damaged the protection wall of the sub-stations, HT and LT lines and it has also been expected that the transformers might have been damaged by the landslide.

The officials and workers of the Energy and Power Department rushed to the spot early this morning and started the restoration works immediately on war foot. It was informed that the lines are likely to be restored by Wednesday evening if the works is not affected by yet another downpour. Superintending Engineer, Mr KK Gazmer, Divisional Engineer, Mr KS Chettri and Assistant Engineers, Mr Bhim Thapa and Mr M Sherpa, of the Energy and Power Department along with their workers were on the spot since morning for the restoration works.

The spot was also visited by the Chief Engineer, Mr GT Targain, and directed his officials and workers to work on war footing for the immediate restoration of the lines. The spot was also visited by the area councilor,Ms Nilu Chettri. The Assistant Engineer, Mr Thapa, informed that it is a huge damage to the department. He informed that the department has also hired extra manpower for the immediate restoration works.

The Superintending Engineer, Mr Gazmer, assured that this is just the temporary restoration as the department is looking for another site for the replacement of these sub-stations for permanent restoration. It was informed that the department has already informed the District Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate about the incident and has taken approval for the immediate restoration. The Power Department has expressed its regrets to the people of theaffected areas and appealed them to cooperate with the department till the completion of restoration works.

Courtesy: Sikkim Mail



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