Industry sub-station which remained submerged for a week in Mangladai. Image: Northeast Now

Mangaldai Electrical Division under APDCL in Darrang district of Assam which suffered a serious setback in the recent flood is almost back to its normal function following fast improvement of the flood scenario over the last couple of days.

The electrical division covering the whole Darrang district through three electrical sub division viz, Mangaldai, Sipajhar and Kharupetia had to face an acid test as almost half of the villages of the district and nearly 2,50,000 population have been hit by the devastating flood.

The officials and staff of the electrical division immediately swung into action so that not a single wire carrying high voltage current  come into contact of the flood water resulting in the possibility of electrocution of any human life or live stock.

At the same time they had to continue power supply to the other areas without flood.

The situation of power supply in major parts of Mangaldai town and a vast adjoining areas like Aulachowka , Pipora Dokan , Autola etc worsened on July 15 last when the 33 KV power sub-station near Mangaldai industrial estate was submerged by flood water leading to complete shutdown of power supply from that control centre and disconnection of nearly 440 Distribution Transformer to avert possible eventuality .

In this situation the load of power supply to the consumers had to be adjusted from the Chapai sub-station so that day to day lives of the consumer families are not totally paralysed.

Till the clogged flood water is pumped out from the campus of the Industry sub-station with the help of the district administration on Saturday, the power supply in those areas remained to be the same.

But the scenario now has become almost normal.

“Power supply has been restored in almost all the areas except in few riverine chapori areas which are still submerged. The industry sub-station is now back to its normal functioning after we on Saturday with the help of district administration and agriculture department flushed out the residue flood water by water pump,” said Pranjal Kataki, AGM, Mangaldai Electrical Division while talking to Northeast Now.

“I am happy enough that not a single case of electrocution has been reported from any of the three electrical sub-divisions of the division. I am thankful to my officers and staff for working day and night to achieve this goal. I am also thankful to the consumers for bearing with us and co-operating our ground staff in this hour of emergency,” AGM Kataki maintained.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com

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