07042017-CT-01.qxd 4/7/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 7 APRIL 2017 | chandigarh NEW POLICY: LIQUOR SET TO WATER: PANCHKULA ALL SET COST MORE FROM TODAY Þ PAGE 2 TO CHECK MISUSE Þ PAGE 8 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY FRIDAY DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR SHASHIKANT Þ PAGE 6 MAXIMUM YESTERDAY 31°C 33°C MINIMUM 16°C 18.2°C SUNSET SUNRISE FRIDAY SATURDAY 6.45 PM 6.04 AM High-velocity winds wreak havoc in tricity Residents go without power for several hours as trees, branches fall on electricity wires Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 6 High-velocity dusty winds accompanied by rain left residents of many sectors without power for many hours. Though people heaved a sigh of relief from the heat wave conditions, they had to face long power cuts. The agony of the residents increased with phone lines of complaint centres busy throughout the day. Complaints continued to pour in at the centres till late in the evening, making the task difficult for the staff. The outage was caused by branches of trees that fell on electricity wires due to the windy weather. The department also snapped power supply to many areas as a precautionary measure to avoid any mishap while carrying out the repair work. The affected areas included Sectors 23, 24, 25, 17, 19, 18, 21, 22, 41, 44, 8, 7, 37, 38, 39, 40, Burail and many villages. Some areas where residents went without power for hours included Sectors Electricity wires hang loosely after a tree fell on these at the PU on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Water, power supply hit in Mohali areas Our Correspondent A cantilever supporting display boards gave way due to strong winds near Daun village in Kharar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46 and 47, and Mani Majra. Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Dadu Majra, said it was a nightmare as they went with- out power for over seven hours today. JPS Kalra, a trader at Sector 17, said power cuts had now become routine whenever there was a storm. Rajneesh, a resident of Sector 19, said he could not get in touch with the complaint centre as the phone lines were busy. Traffic goes haywire as lights conk out A civilian regulates traffic at the Sector 19/27 lights. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 6 A large number of traffic lights were not functional across the city till the evening, leading to traffic snarls. While the traffic police were deployed at a few intersections, gridlock was witnessed at many traffic light points, including the Sector 31/32/29/30 roundabout. A majority of the traffic lights were non-functional since morning. These included the Airport light point, Hallo Majra light point, Sector 31/32/29/30 light point, Centra Mall light point, Sector 28/Industrial Area light Civilian plays traffic cop On finding non-functional traffic lights on the road separating Sectors 19 and 27, a civilian, Nitin, who was crossing from there, stopped his car after witnessing traffic snarls and regulated the traffic. He regulated the traffic for a long time despite the stormy weather. point, Sector 29/30, Sector 27/28, Sector 19/27, Sector 118/19, Sector 20 Gurdwara Chowk light point, Sector 20/21 light point and Sector 44/45 light point, leading to Continued on page 7 Fee hike: Cops use water cannons at PU Page 4 c m y b Pawan Kumar, a resident of Sector 32, said they did not have power supply for six hours last night. Continued on page 7 Mohali, April 6 The supply of water and power were disrupted in parts of Mohali after strong winds lashed the city this morning. Water was received at a very low pressure in Phases I to VII and parts of the Industrial Area. The supply of power remained disrupted for hours in Phases I and II. The power supply got disrupted around 7 am and was restored around 3 pm. The electricity supply was also affected for about two hours in the Phase VIII Industrial Area. Executive Engineer of the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation Kamal Kishore said a cable at the water treatment plant in Phase VI got burnt around 2.30 am and the pumping of water could not be undertaken. He said efforts were made to get the cable Continued on page 7 Showers bring down mercury Chandigarh: High winds and squall through the day followed by brief showers in the evening brought down the minimum temperature in the tricity by over 5°C since Wednesday. The tricity recorded a rainfall of 5.3 mm over the past 24 hours. “However, the rainfall recorded on Thursday was 0.1 mm,” said an official of the Met Department. Met officials said the temperatures would fall by a couple of degrees on Friday but there was little possibility of rain even as the sky will remain cloudy. The weatherman has predicted dry days ahead. Panchkula also faces the brunt Panchkula: Winds at the speed of 70 km per hour left many parts of Panchkula without power for over two hours on Thursday. Between 10 am and 1 pm, Sectors 4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 25 and 26 faced power outages due to the breakdown of the line. SDO (Electricity) HC Goyal said the problem would have been greater had it rained too much as that could have caused problems with the main grid. The ‘Ailing health centres’ series is not being carried today due to space constraint.
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