Lineman braves flood to switch on transformer | India News


HUBBALLI: He swam through swelling floodwaters to turn on an electric transformer so that a marooned village could get drinking water. For Manjunath Kumbar (25), though, it was just another task in the line of duty.
Kumbar, a lineman attached to Hescom section in Cockerel village in Karnataka’s Nargund taluk, r isked his life by swimming up to the transformer and switching it on, ensuring that the water supply to the village was restored. This happened on Wednesday but came to light only on Friday when a video of Kumbar swimming to the transformer went viral.
Release of excess water from the Naviluteertha dam into Malaprabha river had caused flooding in and around Konnur. Two transformers connected to the 11000-KV high tension line had sub merged. One of them had to be switched off while the other needed to be switched on to restore power supply to the pump house.

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