State govt to ensure uninterrupted power supply at Eden

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Kolkata, Apr 25 (UNI) The West Bengal government is piling up all its resources to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the Eden Gardens during the next six IPL matches, even as the soaring temperatures and unscheduled power cuts made life miserable elsewhere.

The measure was warranted after two towers of the Eden's four power posts tripped, plunging the 80,000-packed stadium into near darkness during the Kolkata-Hyderabad T20 match, the first of the seven matches at the Eden, for about 33 minutes on April 20.

After several meetings in Writers Buildings with officials from CESC, the power supply agency for the capital city, state power department, CAB, PWD, police and others chalked out an action plan to ensure no further blackouts at the Eden during IPL mathces.

The action plan comprised of taking certain precautionary measures so that in the case of any emergency, uninterrupted power supply could be ensured to restore normalcy.

A meeting held here yesterday, chaired by state chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb, however, did not point out who was responsible for the crisis on April 20, but ensured for a ''concerted effort to light up the stadium and adequate drinking water supply during the next six matches.'' Skilled professionals will man the power switches, re-check all supply lines, set up UPS, time relay for all circuits and monitor the air-conditioning at each control room.

Eden will host its second IPL match on April 29 when visitors Mumbai take on Kolkata under the floodlights.

It was decided that three lakh water pouches will be supplied, nearly five times that of the first day, during the Mumbai-Kolkata match on Arpil 29.

All these measures had been worked out after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddadeb Bhattacharjee took up the matter following widespread criticism on the power failure at Eden.

Meanwhile, Gangetic Kolkata and its suburbs were also suffering from the escalating temperatures as the soaring heat had become unbearable with the mercury hovering between 37 to 40 degrees Celsius.

A Traffic constable collapsed on April 23 while on duty in the city and the heat condition was also forcing the power transmission to trip in peak hours due to excessive use of air conditioners and coolers in the metro.

The rural districts were also facing the ire of the blazing sun as the temperature in Purulia, Bankura went as high as 44 degrees Celsius.

At least six people in Bankura and Burdwan died on April 23 and 24.

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