Kolkata: The devastating norwester on Tuesday evening disrupted power supply, especially in areas where the city is served by overhead wires. The impact could have been worse, as the city’s underground cables remained largely unaffected.
There were, however, a number of cases where lamp posts belonging to other agencies like Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) were also affected. Amongst the affected areas were the Northern and Eastern parts of the city, including Patuli, Panchasayar, Survey Park, Lake Town, Bangur, Dum Dum, Kamarhati, Khardah, Sodepur, Howrah and Serampore.
As usual, the norwester affected electricity supply and there was a sharp surge in emergency telephone calls (1912) throughout the night. Fault report calls after the norwester rose to a record 36,000, against the average count of 4,000. CESC emergency repair services started restoration work immediately and more than 1,500 men worked throughout the night.