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Residents block national highway over power outages

Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana , July 14, 2014
First Published: 12:09 IST(14/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:24 IST(14/7/2014)

Residents of Mohalla Ravidas in Sunet village blocked the Ferozepur Road near Agar Nagar for half an hour, causing traffic snarls and inconvenience to commuters. As the police reached the spot, residents complained that they were not getting electricity for the last three days.

Sikander Singh Sunet, a resident, said they had complained so many times, following which PSPCL employees came on Saturday evening and took the damaged wires of transformer with them, but did not restore electricity. “Thus, we were compelled to protest on the road,” he added. Power was later restored in the village on Sunday evening.

Residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Field Ganj also protested on Sunday. Power to this area has been erratic at night, and residents allege the PSPCL complaint centres were not responding to their calls.

“I called the nodal complaint centre’s different numbers at least 15 times, but no one picked the call,” said Ravish, a resident of Pakhowal Road. “Why did deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal publish these numbers in huge advertisements in newspaper, if they were not going to resolve people’s grievances,” he questioned. Villages no better off Villages, too, are not getting proper electricity supply. With the paddy transplantation season on, the government had assured villages of uninterrupted electricity supply for eight hours. But villagers claim they are getting power for hardly six hours. Therefore, demanding full eight hours electricity, residents of Lalton village also protested against the electricity department on Saturday evening. Residents seek scheduled cuts Having no hope of surplus power, the residents are now demanding from the PSPCL to announce scheduled cuts.

Sunita Shukla, resident of Model Town, said, “We can understand that PSPCL has no electricity. But why can’t they declare the schedule for the power cuts. Bearing unscheduled cuts is difficult.”

An official from the PSPCL, requesting anonymity, said, “There is huge gap in the demand and supply of power and thus cuts have to be imposed. The grids are overburdened and the power plants not generating power to their full capacity. But government doesn’t want to declare that officially by imposing scheduled power cuts, perhaps to save its image.”

 

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