A 220 kV Wardha substation transformer caught fire on 19 September killing a worker and leading to a major disruption of power and a subsequent financial loss, reports Economic Times.
“This would not have happened had Mahatransco installed a fire prevention system. More importantly, the officials did not do maintenance of the transformer properly,” one council member noted.
According to the minister, the transformer was manufactured in 1991 and hence did not have fire prevention installed. “There are many such transformers which are old. When they get permanently damaged they are replaced by a new transformer. It is not possible for the company to change all the old transformers as it would entail a huge expenditure,” the minister added.
Source: Economic Times