Power outage in Section 17, PJ caused by overheated, damaged cables

A TNB technician replacing the electric cables and joints in Jalan 17/46, Petaling Jaya.

RESIDENTS in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, have been experiencing frequent power outages since May last year.

The power cuts had increased from twice a month to five times a month in September, which angered many people as it inconvenienced their daily lives.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) technicians were quick to answer their calls whenever a power outage occurred, and promptly restored electricity to the affected neighbourhood.

However, residents were adamant to know what caused the power outage.

It affected homes in Jalan 17/13, 17/4, 17/16, 17/46, 17/25, 17/50, 17/32, 17/29, 17/46 and 17/62.

“The residents listed down the affected areas and what time it took place, before we met with officers from TNB to find out why it happened so frequently,” said Bukit Gasing assembleyman Rajiv Rishyakaran.

He said after TNB visited the area and scanned power joints in Section 17, including several substations and TNB poles in the vicinity, the problem was caused by overheating as power consumption increased over the years.

“Some cables were also damaged because of construction by utility companies,” he added.

To prevent further power cuts, TNB has agreed to upgrade and change the faulty joints, said Rajiv.

Rajiv also visited Jalan 17/46 to observe the restoration work that began on Jan 14 and scheduled to complete today.

Affected residents were informed by TNB about the five-hour power cut from 10am to 3pm to facilitate the upgrading work.



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