As the temperature continues to rise following a brief spell of dust storm and intermittent rain, residents are once again at the receiving end of frequent power cuts, especially in trans-Hindon areas. The emergency rostering from Lucknow has also compounded issues.
“We faced nearly 4-5 hours of power cuts but these have reduced since the last week. We feel that the situation will worsen once again with a rise in temperature. Prior to spells of rain, there was 6-8 hours of cuts in our area,” DK Maurya of Ahimsa Khand in Indirapuram said.
Residents from other sectors of Indirapuram said that the power cuts persisted despite last week’s rains.
“We are still facing 6-8 hours of power cuts. The cuts have ensued despite the rain and dust storm. In case of local faults during the night, the repair work is done only the next morning,” Kuldeep Saxena of Shakti Khand-I in Indirapuram, said.
Industrialists and entrepreneurs are also unhappy over the power cuts. “The Site IV industrial area faces severe power cuts, from 5-7 hours on a daily basis,” SK Maheshwari, an industrialist, said.
Officials of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) said that they are supplying power for 22 hours a day, on an average.
“There was 3 hours of emergency rostering, from Lucknow, due to a breakdown at Anpara power station for the last two days. The rostering will stop once the breakdown is resolved. Further, to manage power cuts in Indirapuram in a better manner, we have installed a 40MVA transformer at Vaishali’s Sector 1 substation (132Kv), which supplies power to Indirapuram. The enhancement will provide us two additional bays to connect our 33/11 KV substations,” Arvind Rajvedi, chief engineer (distribution) of PVVNL, said.
“One of the new bays will be connected within 3-4 days and we will start work on the second new bay. When the first new bay gets operational, we will be able to separate the lines transmitting power to Niti Khand-I and Shakti Khand areas of Indirapuram. At present, both areas are on a single bay and get overloaded due to rise in demand,” he said.
The 132KV substation at Vaishali has nine bays, including two that are dedicated to a commercial complex and the other to a residential highrise. The department has connected 11 substations to the remaining seven bays, which result in overloading and power cuts.
“Once the two additional bays are operational, overloading and power cuts will come down in Indirapuram. We were banking heavily on a 400KV substation in Indirapuram but work is yet to start due to non-availability of land in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) campus,” he said.
During his visit on Wednesday, Ghaziabad MP General VK Singh (retired) said an inspection of the CISF campus will be conducted and alternate solutions discussed.
Officials said that they have also approached the district magistrate with regard to issues at the 220KV substation at Morti.
“Some locals are not allowing us to erect the nine transmission line towers. If the administration can resolve the issues, we can energize the substation within one month. This will also help reduce power cuts and ease the burden on infrastructure,” Rajvedi said.