With the mercury falling to record lows, the residents of Shimla are struggling to get through the day.
Neither the required electricity nor the erratic water supply is available to the people to survive the harsh winter.
Besides maintenance cuts lasting all day, breakdowns are adding to the trouble.
Erratic power supply and unannounced power cuts in various localities, particularly peripheral areas, are adding to winter woes of residents, who are reeling under intense cold.
Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 2.7 degrees Celsius on Monday night which further dropped to 2.5 degrees after intermittent rain. The frequent disruption in power supply has affected the normal life. “Electricity supply is very erratic in the area. Unannounced power cuts have put residents under stress, Suresh Dogra, resident of Chotta Shimla, said. Technical snag in the water pumping station at Ashwani Khudh further deprive several localities of water supply.
Residents were taken by surprise when taps in houses run dry as no announcement is made by both the municipal corporation and irrigation and public health department. Ashwani Khudh is one of main sources of water in the area. It supplies nine million litres of water and mainly caters the following localities - Kasumpti areas below Himachal Pradesh secretariat, entire Chotta Shimla.
Municipal engineer Vijay Gupta said that total demand for water was 38 to 40 million litre per day. “Low voltage in the town has also affected the water pumping at various locations. The water supply has gone down erratically since last two-three days. “Snag has been rectified and water supply from Ashwani Khadh will be normalised from Wednesday onwards,” Gupta said.
However, superintending engineer of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited CK Chaturvedi denied of any scheduled power cuts in the city. “There is no major scheduled power cut so far due to increase in load,” he said, and added that due to some technical fault, power supply to some areas could be interrupted. Himanshu Sharma, a resident of Sanjauli: said “People here are put to a lot of hardships due to load-shedding in morning hours.