Again, it is the turn of residents in the southern sectors of the city to face the heat of power shortage and "power overloading", as functioning with their "un-stated priority" to keep the power delivery infrastructure in the northern sectors well-oiled, the power authorities of the UT administration have failed to upgrade in time major substations delivering power to the southern sectors.
The electricity department on Tuesday announced the power cut schedule, first for the season, with an "admission" that transformers installed at grid sub-stations, supplying power to most of the southern sectors, are not in the capacity to meet high power load.
As per the schedule, there would no power cuts drop in the northern sectors, which house elite strata of the city. Reason: all the grids supplying power to the northern sectors have already been upgraded by the electricity department.
However, on the flip side, despite fully aware of the fact that power consumption in the southern sectors is rapidly increasing since the past few years, the department has failed to upgrade crucial grid substations at Sectors 34 and 52, which supply power to most of the southern sectors.
"Owing to overload on transformers at grid substations at Sectors 34 and 52, the department has to resort to power cuts to save costly equipment from damage," reads the statement by the department. It also admitted that the upgrade process will take "some time".
Sources, however, revealed that the delay in the upgrading of Sector 34 substation was despite the fact that the deadline to commission the upgraded grid has expired in 2010.
The administration had begun the process of capacity upgrade of Sector-34 substation in 2008. The commissioning of the upgraded version is expected to see the light of day only after the peak summer season is over.
"Upgrade of Sector-34 substation has been delayed due to technical reasons. However, the upgrade process of the Sector-52 substation is running on time. We are expecting to complete the work in two-three months," said MP Singh, superintendent engineer, Op Division, department of engineering, UT. He added that the upgrade work has been allotted to Power Grid Corporation and National Thermal Power Corporation.
Singh, however, said the schedule would not be enforced strictly and power cuts would be imposed only if need be.