The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) on Tuesday sent out text messages to all consumer bodies saying that it will take strict action against engineers for local faults that lead to power cuts.
The city has witnessed a spate of power cuts in the last few weeks, with some outages lasting for as long as four to six hours.
Mukul Singhal, superintending engineer of UPPCL Noida sent messages and requested federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (Fonrwa), Vyapar Mandal, Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA) and other bodies to inform him directly — through calls or WhatsApp texts — about power cuts.
Sources said Singhal is ‘under pressure from top UP electricity official’ to rectify the city’s power-relatyed woes after residents called up Abhishek Prakash, managing director of UPPCL in Meerut and apprised him about the frequent power cuts and their helplessness.
“We have no dearth of electricity, but power cuts happen often due to local faults. We have been trying best to solve this. We have requested city consumers and all leading associations to inform me if a power cut lasts for for more than two hours in a day. We will inspect the site and take action accordingly,” said Singhal, who also shared all numbers of all electricity officials with city consumers.
Despite assurances, power cuts continued unabated on Tuesday as well.
“Light went off as many as three to four times for two hours or more. The first power cut happened at 10.30am followed by a second power cut around 12.40pm. This has been happening for the last few days,” said Sunayana Singh of Sector 19.
Tarun Chopra, a resident of sector 18 said: “The power went off at 12.15pm and came back around 2.30pm. There were two more outages lasting for forty after that. We are really disturbed.”
City residents under the banner of Fonrwa had met Kripal Singh, advisor to UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday seeking his intervention in the issue.
“Power cuts are happening in many sectors as we have received so many complaints on Tuesday,” said NP Singh, president Fonrwa.