Many areas of Lucknow are facing ‘prolonged’ shutdowns this summer. Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) claims that many of these shutdowns are advertised and planned, but residents have questioned the timing of the maintenance work being carried out by the power utility.
LESA authorities say maintenance work is being undertaken to make 110 sub-stations in the city summer-ready before May 10.
“Why doesn’t the LESA undertake maintenance work during winter… why do they wait till summer to top up oil in transformers,” asks Vivek Tewari, general secretary of Patel Nagar colony in Alambagh.
“They must complete all this work before summer so that residents don’t have to suffer when the temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius,” adds Tewari. However, LESA general manager SK Varma has a different view over the issue.
He says, “We undertake maintenance of sub-stations three times in a year – once before Diwali, followed by maintenance during winter and maintenance just before summer. Had we topped up transformer oil in March, the level would have come down by now as temperature during April changes and more oil is absorbed by transformers. We will fill up the oil before May 10 so it lasts for the entire summer.”
“Due to unprecedented heat in April people are feeling restless during shutdowns. But shutdowns of few hours would surely save them from prolonged breakdowns in the days to come when the heat will be at its peak,” says Varma.
“This year we have been very particular in informing residents about shutdowns in advance,” he adds.