Although, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) is yet to give its final word on the UT administration’s demand for sanction of up to Rs 72 crore for purchasing power, the UT engineering department claims it is comfortably placed this summer.
UT chief engineer SK Chadha said: “We also purchase some power from the power exchange, depending on the daily requirement. We may not be having surplus power, but at the same time we are not facing any shortage.”
The official said the department had not planned any major power cuts in the city this summer. Although, regular power cuts are being imposed in the city for over a month for maintenance of transformers and substations, the administration claims peak summer will not witness any scheduled cuts due to load shedding.
The average load of power in Chandigarh is about 150 MW per day, which crosses 380 MW per day during summers. Last year, it even touched 400 MW during peak summer. Two years back, the department had issued a public notice on scheduled power cuts in different sectors on specific days during peak summer, but later no cuts were imposed.
There are nearly 2.1 lakh power consumers in the UT, of which 1.75 lakh fall under the domestic category. SOUTHERN, EASTERN SECTORS BEAR BRUNT OF MAINTENANCE WORK
According to the power cut schedule for maintenance work in the past month, southern and eastern sectors besides various colonies are the most-affected. Most cuts have been imposed in Sectors 20, 26, 35, 38, 39 and 40 besides the Industrial Area and Dhanas. Although, there have been some scheduled power cuts in northern region, including Sectors 3,4, 7, 8, 9, 16 and other VIP sectors, these are negligible in comparison to the duration of power cuts faced by other sectors.
An engineering wing official, on the condition of anonymity, said power cuts were being imposed in different sectors to carry out maintenance work. He said the department was not following any pick-and-choose policy and was imposing uniform cuts in all sectors.