Kolkata match: 'Rat factor' led to power failure

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

The power failure at the Salt Lake Stadium during yesterday's World Cup qualifier football match was attributed to "rat factor".

Kolkata match: 'Rat factor' led to power failure

Kolkata:

The power failure at the Salt Lake Stadium during yesterday's World Cup qualifier football match between India and Japan has been attributed to "rat factor". State Power Minister Mrinal Banerje has refused to make any comment saying that he was ascertaining facts. But a WBSEB official said that engineers on duty at the stadium switched of the 132-KV sub-station supplying power to the stadium after they detected smoke billowing out of it. "Though there was no problem in power distribution then, the engineers decided to rectify the error during the half-time break," the West Bengal State Electricity Board official said. On inspection, the engineers found that a rat, which had come in contact with a live wire, had been electrocuted leading to the smoke. Power supply was restored after they brought out the dead rat. The entire stadium had plunged into darkness, save for two genrators-propelled emergency lights and the beginning of the second half was delayed by 29 minutes due to the power cut.(PTI)

Topics : Football
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