NOIDA: Going without electricity almost daily for at least four hours, Noida residents have issued a 10-day ultimatum to the authorities.
The Federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (Fonrwa) -- an umbrella body of different residents’ associations -- has written to the UP power utility, UPPCL, and the Noida Authority that if power supply does not improve within 10 days, they will take to the streets.
“We have appealed to UPPCL to provide 24-hour power supply as promised by the Uttar Pradesh government. Secondly, in case UPPCL plans power cuts in certain areas, it must inform residents in advance. Currently, residents in many sectors continue to call Fonrwa over unscheduled long power cuts, which also hits water supply,” said AN Dhawan, secretary general Fonrwa.
Due to an unusually higher temperature this year, the power demand has peaked early. Officials said the power demand was 20 per cent higher in Noida this April compared to the same period last year. The comparative demand for May is also higher.
An Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) official said though the number of consumers remain more or less the same, power consumption has been more this year due to hotter April and May.
The UPPCL, which distributes power in Noida, said the power demand has already hit 1100 MW-mark this year. The demand usually peaks in June-July.
The authorities, however, said power cuts are shorter and less frequent.
“I agree there are power cuts. But they are not as long as being claimed. And they occur mainlybecauseof sudden technical faults, including short circuits, fuse problem, minor fire in wires and underground cable. Fuel shortage, storms, strong winds, etc also cause cuts,” said Mukul Singhal, superintending engineer, UPPCL Noida.
“In April 2015, total electricity consumption was recorded at 346 million units. In April 2016, the consumption has been recorded 405 million units. This is roughly 19 per cent higher,” said Singhal. He said the demand will go further up.
Suresh Krishnan, a resident of Sector 11, said the area had a 15-hour power cut on Sunday-Monday. “We tried to call several officials but no one took our calls and we had to spend the night without electricity,” he said.