Even as the mercury has been rising, frequent unscheduled power cuts have made lives miserable for residents in Ludhiana. With the rise in temperature, the demand for electricity has also soared and is leading to power breakdowns.
"It's hard to bear the heat and frequent power cuts are making the situation worse," Manu Bhandari, a resident of Naseeb Enclave in Haibowal said. " I have to work on projects at night, but due to the power cuts, my work is hampered."
Rajan Kumar, who lives along Gill Road, said: "The duration of power cuts is so long that in some areas residents are not even able to charge their inverters and have to go without power for hours even at night. My generator has broken down because of excessive use, so I have to rely on my inverter, which hardly gets charged."
KL Sharma, chief engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited in Ludhiana said: "Due to the ongoing problem at the 220 KV power station in Ferozepur Road, we are forced to impose one-hour duration load shedding about four times a day. If people in some areas are facing more power cuts, that is due to some local problem, which our teams are resolving on a regular basis."
Asked about fixing the problem, Sharma said it would take another three to four days to repair the power station.