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Apr 20, 2009 at 02:45am IST

Kolkata experiences major power crisis

Kolkata: Entire Kolkata remained in dark for hours on Sunday evening after the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) system crashed following a major fault.

Underground metro services came to a halt, hospitals went off power and water pumping stations did not function, compounding the woes of the people as a sweltering heat continued to plague the city.

CESC sources said that the disaster followed a major fault in the State Electricity Board feeder system at Howrah, resulting in simultaneous trip in CESC's power plants at Budge Budge, Titagarh, New Cossipore and southern parts.

LIGHTS OUT: A massive power failure crippled Kolkata with no power for two hours.

''The system has been partially restored following war-footing work and we hope complete normalcy would return shortly,'' a CESC spokesperson said.