Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monkeys Cause Power Outage In Central Delhi

The Indian capital, New Delhi, is famous worldwide for its monkey menace, especially during the summer months.

People living in Delhi have grappled with the monkey menace for many years now, and over the past decade, things have gone from bad to worse.

Tuesday was no different. Most parts of Central Delhi, and especially the upmarket business district of Connaught Place and neighbouring Janpath, had no power for several hours, becoming victims of the monkey menace.

Hungry monkeys attacked a `Chole Batura vendor, took away his items and climbed onto high-tension cables providing power to the area. One of the monkeys fell onto the main power transformer in the Janpath area, which caused a short circuit, and led to a blackout.

Shopkeepers and customers came out onto the streets to see what the commotion was all about. Some even lodged complaints with the area power distribution authority. Emergency staff has been called in to repair the damaged transformer and cables at the earliest.

This is the second time in the last year-and-a-half that monkeys have caused a power breakdown in the upmarket Janapth-Connaught Place area. In 2007, a similar incident occurred near the popular Hanuman Mandir, causing widespread disruption.

Story here.

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