City police commissionerate, the nerve-centre of law keeping establishment, has been in darkness for 24 hours. It is said that the transformer that powers the commissionerate has developed a snag that resulted in two of the three phases not working.
Consequently, most office equipment including computers, are not working. The stand-by generator worked for two hours and stopped.
Power was snapped around noon yesterday. Repair works are going on for all these hours without result. Postnoon’s enquiries found that the Transco functionaries could not yet locate the exact trouble.
The all-important feeder line for public, Number 100 of control room, does not work. If you ring you get the tapped reply that the line is ‘engaged,’ which in turn further confuses the ringing public.
Almost all the 12 computers of the police control room are silent. Only some BSNL phones were working. Meanwhile, policemen on duty were left high and literally dry with not even an emergency lamp or candle available to come to their rescue. Many of them were forced to sit outside, fanning themselves with newspapers to ward off the stifling heat. “It was like living in a bhooth bangla,” commented a police constable.
An engineer of the electricity department in Transco said cable-damage seems to be the villain. However, efforts are still on to pinpoint the precise problem, he said.
When contacted, additional commissioner of police co-ordination Amit Garg, said he too was informed that some cable fault is the cause of the power disruption. He hoped it would be set right soon.
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