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Villages still facing daylong power cuts

Raghbir singh Brar, Hindustan Times  Faridkot, April 24, 2013
First Published: 20:31 IST(24/4/2013) | Last Updated: 20:33 IST(24/4/2013)

The daylong power cuts in the rural areas of the district are still continuing, even though Powercom was supposed to resume domestic power supply to the villages during the day time from April 21.

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"Residents of many villages are suffering in the wake of daylong power cuts for the last 10 days. In Bir Sikhan Wala and Devi Wala villages, the power goes off at about 8 am and the supply is resumed only at about 7.30 pm. People have to face problems as fodder cutting machines can't function," said Chamkaur Singh of Bir Sikhan Wala village.

"We are facing this when power consumption is still limited. We can imagine what is in store for us in the summer season," said Kultar Singh, former Sarpanch of Sandhwan village.

"We are without power from 8 am to 8 pm. Labourers too suffer as there is no power when they reach home after the day's work. The Powercom authorities claim they are imposing cuts as precautionary measure to save the wheat crop from fire, but they should shut down the agriculture supply and not the domestic," he said.

"For the last four days, we are facing 8-hour cuts. I am a tailor and my work is suffering a lot as I can't stitch without power as machines run on power. We have to face the wrath of the customers as we are not able to deliver stitched clothes in time," said Rajinder Jassal of Kotkapura.

"We have got the power supply during the day time on Wendesday after about a week. On Monday night, we had to go without power for the whole night as some snag developed in the supply line following drizzling and strong winds," said Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Duareana near Kotkapura.

"We only get power at night. We are facing a great difficulty as there is no power for about 12 hours during the day time," said Dalip Singh Doadan Wali Patti near Faridkot.

The Powercom had separated domestic power supply lines from the ones meant for agriculture sector many years ago but still villages continue to face harassment in the wake of prolonged outages.

Powercom executive engineer, Kotkapura, Gian Chand Singla, said, "Some area are facing power cuts but we have restored supply to most villages. Some areas will have to face cuts because Kotkapura-Mukatsar road is being widened and we have to shift the 11-KV line." When pointed out that some villages were still facing daylong cuts, he assured to check with the staff.

Powercom superintendent engineer of Farikdot division Mohinder Singh Brar said, "We had shut down domestic power supply in villages from 10 am to 4 pm in the district from April 13 to 20 after talking to the district administration to save the wheat crop from fire." He contended that though the agriculture sector lines had been separated, but domestic power lines did pass through the fields and pose a danger crop. "Now, the daytime supply has been resumed," he said.

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