Sub-station fire disrupts power supply

18 fire tenders douse flames

 A major fire broke out at a power sub-station in Okhla on Tuesday afternoon affecting electricity supply to several residential colonies and commercial establishments in south-east Delhi.

No casualty was reported, but a portion of the 220-KV sub-station, including two high-voltage transformers, was completely gutted.

According to Delhi Fire Service officials, thick plumes of smoke were detected at 2:40 pm.

“Around 18 fire tenders were pressed into service and the situation was brought under control by 4.30 pm,” a fire official said, adding the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

According to a police official, a call was made by a sub-station employee after some fumes were seen coming out of a transformer, a police official said.

But DFS officials could not begin their efforts until the transporter was isolated from the grid. Police and fire officials told several factory owners and local residents to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution.  

Delhi Fire Service chief A K Sharma said the situation was dangerous for firefighters due to the presence of around 50,000 litres of oil inside the power station.

As 25 megawatt electricity supply was affected due to the fire, it is learnt that residential and commercial establishments at Govindpuri, Kalkaji, Chittaranjan Park, New Friends Colony and adjoining areas of Okhla remained affected.

“Power supply to many areas was discontinued as a precautionary measure, but it was completely restored by 4 pm,” a power official added.

The restoration of power supply was started from alternative sources and the load was mainly diverted to 220 KV sub-stations at Masjid Moth, Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj.

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