Hard times seem imminent for the residents of southern sectors who will bear the maximum brunt of irregular power supply, as three 66-KV transformers are lying non-functional from the past 10 months.
Making things worse, the repair work may take at least a few weeks more. There are total 49 66-KV transformers in the city, of which transformers installed at Sector 39, Sector 47 and Industrial Area Phase 2 are out of service after they developed technical snag.
The department outsources the job of maintenance and service of transformers, but fixing the snag at these non-functioning transformers has taken a considerable time.
Left with no other option, the department was forced to shift the load of non-working transformers to other transformers, thereby putting additional pressure on them.
To protect transformers from further damage (caused by overheating during summer), the electricity department has decided to impose power cuts during peak hours. According to sources, due to excessive load on transformers in the south sectors, the areas that would bear the brunt of most power outages would be sectors 43, 44, 51, 52, 53 among others.
UT superintending engineer MP Singh, however, said, "The work of fixing transformers is in progress and it is expected to be completed soon."
Criticising the authorities for their lax attitude, UT Powermen Union general secretary Gopal Dutt Joshi called for the need to hire permanent employees for maintenance of transformers and other equipment.
"There are over vacant 500 posts in the department. Efforts should be made to fill them at the earliest," Dutt added.
The UT electricity department recently got conducted a load flow study by Powergrid to study the present as well as future scenarios of their transmission system.
In the study, it was observed that under normal and emergency situations some of the system elements get critically loaded and therefore there was a need for to strengthen the transmission system at various points in city. The study also highlighted that currently there was no provision of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) inter-connection in Chandigarh's transmission system.
The power requirement of the city is met through central generating power stations (CGS) as determined by the government. The city suffered frequent breakdowns and residents faced a tough time last year as well.