Frequent power cuts for more than a week have thrown normal life out of gear in Ambala’s Sadar Bazaar area.
Residents point out that there have been unscheduled cuts ranging between 6 and 8 hours during this sultry weather and that the problem is further compounded during nights when power supply remains intermittent.
They said against the power utilities’ claims of supplying power for 22 hours in urban areas, the residents are getting power for only 14 to 16 hours. Ambala Scientific Instruments Manufacturers Association (ASIMA) president Amarjit Singh said local industry is hit hard due to unscheduled power cuts, which have become order of the day.
He said industry was not even informed of the duration of load shedding. The power cuts should be notified in advance as working schedules are badly disturbed due to frequent power switch off, he added. Industrialist Anil Jain has demanded a meeting between power utilities officials, district administration and representatives from trade and industry to discuss the problems of frequent breakdowns and low voltage. Another local lamented that complaints are not registered and the officials do not pick up phones, adding that the low voltage was another irritant.
Traders claimed that they were worst affected as customers remained away from market and they entailed huge expenditure on power generators, which ran on diesel. A resident, Bhisham Sethi, alleged that electricity was costliest in the state and yet it was not available.