Power cuts continue in Noida, factory owners fear losses

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: May 30, 2016 13:56 IST
The UPPCL had appealed to the Noida authority a month ago to provide around 80 transformers to maintain continuous power supply across the city. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Even after residents’ representation to the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) on Saturday, power cuts continued to trouble residents in many sectors.

Residents said that as a result, the water supply system was affected in sectors 26, 20, 11, 19 and in many other areas due to power cuts in the early hours of Sunday.

According to residents, power cut lasted for three to four hours on Saturday night when strong winds gripped the city. Residents reported breakdown in infrastructure from across the city. Rapid movement of branches of trees canopying electricity wires due to the storm led to power cuts, residents said.

“This (power cuts) is happening across the city. Besides, the power supply is cut even when there is cool weather. When we ask junior engineers (JEs) or subdivisional officers (SDOs), they reply that the problem is with the Greater Noida plant. Power cuts late in the night and early in the morning are disturbing. I have written to Noida authority to move the overhead electricity wires underground to reduce breakdown,” Govind Sharma, president of Sector 26 residents’ welfare association (RWA), said.

Residents said they face power cuts of four to six hours every day.

“The one and only reason (for power cuts) is the outdated infrastructure -- overhead wires, old transformers and short supply. Power cuts of at least three hours during the day and night have become a routine these days but we still do not know the timing. I have spoken with the area JE and SDO but they a ready excuse – that there is a fault at the plant,” Jitender Nagar, president of Sector 20 RWA, said.

He said resentment among residents is rising and they could take to the streets any day.

Even industrial sectors are facing the brunt of erratic power supply. Industrial units located in sectors 63 to 66 face frequent break downs and voltage problems. Shop owners in markets are also concerned over the rise in power cuts.

“UPPCL officials say the breakdown is mainly due to tree branches across the city and also because of poor infrastructure, such as transformers. But why should we suffer for shortcomings of the authority and UPPCL? We need uninterrupted power supply to run factories,” Harish Joneja of Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA) said.

Superintending engineer (SE) of UPPCL, Mukul Singhal had ordered his staff to check meters, transformers, fuses, fuel, oils and other infrastructure installed at all 72 substations in April to provide uninterrupted power supply in the city.

“Onset of summer was early this year and we are already short of transformers. We had to check and revisit all substations to maintain smooth supply in the city. We are supplying an average of 1100 MW these days,” said Singhal.

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