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People resent prolonged power cuts in domestic power supply at Faridkot

Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times  Faridkot, September 02, 2014
First Published: 21:15 IST(2/9/2014) | Last Updated: 21:17 IST(2/9/2014)

People of the town have expressed resentment over the prolonged power cuts in the domestic power supply. In some areas, people have alleged power cuts from 8 to 10 hours every day after byelections for Patiala and Talwandi Sabo were over.

"Earlier, the domestic power supply was satisfactory, but now the situation has worsened. There are frequent power cuts on the domestic power supply and the power supply to the agriculture sector is not for more that 5 to 6 hours against the promise of 8 hours," said Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Devi Wala.

"We had staged a dharna demanding increased power supply to the agriculture sector two weeks ago. But even after our protest, there is no end to frequent power cuts. There is a power cut after every two to three hours both during day and night," claimed Naib Singh from Ghania village, who is also a kisan union activist.

"Earlier, the supply to the agriculture sector in our village was just for about 4 to 5 hours, after our dharna, we were promised a 7-hour power supply, but it is available only for less than six hours," Naib added.

"It is only on Sundays that power is regular, otherwise there are three main cuts during the day extending to 6 or more hours and two during the night. The domestic supply is only for about 14 hours for a week, while the agriculture supply is for about 5 and a half hours on an average," said Jagseer Singh, a youth from village Niamiwala.

"The frequent power cuts are a great problem for us. These vary from 8 to 12 hours. The promised of 8-hour power supply to tubewells for paddy season has not been kept. We got 8-hour power supply only for a few days. But now, it is not for 6 more than hours," said Ajaypal Singh Brar from Wara Daraka village of the district.

"The situation is worse for the people who cannot afford to buy  inverters or generators. It is difficult to sleep during the night when power is off. The situation has worsened for a week," said Sadak Masih, a labourer from a Kotkapura village.

Jagjeet Singh, a farmer from Panjgrain Kalan claimed that this season has been the worst for the agriculture sector.

Daljeet Singh, Exen, Powercom, said that sometimes the regulators have to impose power cuts due to the increase in demand and the low generation. But he denied long and frequent cuts in Faridkot.
Though the situation improved for two days from Sunday, but power cuts are back again since Monday night, the people claimed.


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