The prolonged and unscheduled power cuts have already thrown life out of gear in the city. But residents and industrialists were taken for another shock after learning that the government was planning to increase power tariff rates to ensure uninterrupted supply. Residents will stage a protest against the proposal outside the power department office on June 28.
"Residents are spending sleepless nights due to frequent and long outages. We have written to the head of the power department in this regard. Our protest has got the support of many RWAs," said NP Singh, acting president, Federation of Noida Residents' Welfare Association (Fonrwa).
The government's plan to hike power rates has received flak from residents, who are already reeling under 10-12 hour power cuts daily.
"Hike in power tariff will put additional burden on consumers. Instead of increasing the tariff, the authorities should focus on generating more power for the city," said Neeraj Gulati, a resident of Sector 12.
At present, the power department charges Rs. 3.85 per unit from domestic consumers.
"Power supply is improving. Soon, residential sectors will have regular supply. We cannot comment on the hike in tariff as the proposal is still in the initial stage," said CL Gupta, superintendent engineer of the Noida electricity department.
The industrial area is a no-power cut zone, but industries have reported up to 18-hour outages daily due to which they have incurred huge losses.
"Though the power scenario in industrial areas has improved, it will take a few more months to stabilise the losses that we have incurred in the past one month," said Vipin Malhan, president of Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA).
According to an Assocham report, during summers Noida experiences a shortage of approximately 300-600 MW daily, especially in areas like Noida Phase II, sectors 2, 8, 9, 10, 50, 51 and 62 and Surajpur belt. As a result, small-scale industries, spare parts units, export houses, BPOs and call centres are badly-hit.