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When rain and power play hide and seek in Pune

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 9:00am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Frequent power cuts in Kothrud, Hadapsar, Kondhwa annoy residents; rains may damage your electronic devices, warn Met officials

Pune: If there is a rain in your area, make sure to switch off all your electronic equipment or they can be damaged due to the power fluctuation. From last few days, citizens from various parts are fed up of constant power cuts which has not only left them in sweat but is also causing danger to their expensive electronic items also. 
Though the complains of constant power cuts are coming from all over the city, some of the areas including Kothrud, Bavdhan, Pashan, Aundh, Hadapsar and Kondhwa are worst affected. These areas have been witnessing constant power cuts from last three to four days and in fact, on Friday afternoon, residents of Bhusari Colony experienced sweaty afternoon as there was no power for more than two hours. Ganesh Chondhe, a Bhusari colony resident told dna, “There has been constant power cuts in the area, especially when there is raining. On Friday afternoon also there was no power supply for more than two hours.” 
What results in 
power failure?
According to the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), most of the power cuts are taking place due to the pre-monsoon work. “There is lot of road digging going as a part of pre monsoon preparation due to which the underground cables are exposed. If there is no rain, there will not be any problem to the electric supply. But during rains, water enters in these cables that results in power failure.”
Save your electronics, mobile phones
When there is a power fluctuation, there is a possibility of electronic gadgets getting damaged. Sandip Kulkarni, a resident of Narhe Ambegaon area said, “In the last monsoon, my television set was damaged in power fluctuation. I did not switch it off when the power was cut, but when the power was restored, the television was damaged due to the overload.” The MSEDCL officials said that when there is lightening, there is a possibility of increasing the load which can damage the electronic gadgets. The gadgets such as LED television sets, mobile phones and laptops kept on charging can be damaged if the load is increased. 

Precautions need to be taken during rain

The MSEDCL officials said that if it is raining, make sure that you are not standing under overhead high tension wires. 
Do not operate any electronic gadgets with wet hands.
Switch off the main switch of electronic gadgets, when there is a power failure. 
Make sure that the earthing of the house is in proper condition. 
In case of power failure in the area, citizens can contact MSEDCL helpline number on 18002003435 or 18002333435 

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