By: S. Binoy Singh
Thoubal, April 7: As major power transmission line has been reportedly destructed on Saturday night hailstorm, power supply at Kakching 132/133 KV sub-station has been totally cut off and as a result whole of the Thoubal district is in complete black out with no electricity.
This is a major blow to the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi’s statement, at which he assured uninterrupted power supply in the state after completion of the 400 KV transmission line from Shilchar to Imphal. Source from the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited said that during the Saturday night hailstorm two transmission Tower in-between Yurembam and Churachandpur district were destroyed. And as a result as the transmission line from Yurembam to Yangangpokpi line have also been affected, supply of power transmission to the Kakching , 132/133 KV Power Sub Station has been put to a complete halt.
As the Kakching Power Sub-Station is responsible for distribution of power supply to all the household in Thoubal district, the district remain total black out since the night. The source further added that reconstructing or repairing of the damage tower may take 7 to 10 days and as a result the district is unlikely to get power supply until April 11. However, the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited is assuring to provide power supply by resuming the power line provided from Imphal East Kongba Power sub station. This may provide power supply to some of the household in Thoubal district.
With the failure of the power supply almost all business establishment which depends on the electricity has been put to a complete halt. Earlier too people had suffered due to un-availability of power supply after a transmission tower at Yangangpokpi Changamdabi has been destructed last year. The question now arises is that when Mobile Phone Tower of various companies at different places could not be destroyed by the hailstorm how could the Power Transmission tower be destroyed by the hailstorm? This proves that quality has not been maintained in the construction of such tower.