Hundreds of shopkeepers and workers in Noida Sector 18 market had to suffer a 20-hour outage on Monday due to the ongoing redevelopment work of the market by the Noida authority.
Sector 18 market is the biggest market place in Noida with hundreds of shops, offices, restaurants and showrooms.
The 20-hour outage has left the shopkeepers enraged. They accused the Noida authority of negligence.
According to officials, the authority is redeveloping the market and digging work is under way in D1, D2, E, F, K and M blocks of the Sector 18 market. The power supply to the area was snapped on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.
“There is no supply in our area of the market since 1 am on Sunday and shopkeepers have been making do with generators. There are more than 200 shops and 500 offices in the D1, D2, E, F, K and M blocks and they form almost 50% of the Sector 18 market,” said SK Jain, president, Sector 18 Market Association, Noida.
The shopkeepers say the reason for the power cut is that earthmovers are being used by the workers.
“Using earthmovers for digging harms the cable wires. Last year too, the same problem happened and we had asked the authority to use manual labour for digging,” Jain said.
Jain accused the authority officials of negligence and lack of empathy for the business people in Sector 18.
“Despite us asking them not to use earthmovers, the authority has ignored our pleas. This is a serious negligence and we ask them again to employ manual labour in the digging process,” Jain said.
A few residents also expressed discomfort over the power cut that continued into the evening hours.
“Even though the shops have generators and invertors, ut the streets are in darkness. I believe the Noida authority should be more careful in future,” said Sudip Sahoo, a resident of Arun Vihar.
The authority said the issue will be resolved at the earliest. “We have asked the contractor to be careful in future and use manual labour,” said SC Mishra, project engineer, Noida authority.
As for the resumption of power supply, Mukul Singhal, superintendenting engineer, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd, said, “We resumed supply by 8 pm in all blocks of Sector 18 Market.”