With no rain yet in sight and day temperature at its peak, domestic electricity consumers are on a short fuse due to 6 to 8 hours of power outage in the district daily. The past two days in Faridkot and around have been hot as hell. "Power cuts have increased to 8 hours daily," rued Rajinder Singh Jassal of Kotkapura town. "It was only a shade better today."
It will be power shutdown before the batteries are charged, so it's no use deploying inverters. "Lights went out in the morning and again at 2pm," said Jassal. "Another power cut is coming up in the evening and one more at night."
For the past two days, we have no electricity for more than eight hours a day," said Gurmeet Singh of Duareana village. "The situation improved to only one cut on Friday." "The supply to agriculture is better," said Sukhmander Singh of Sarawan village, "but the outage is up to 7 hours for households."
"There is a wide gap between demand and supply," Sukhmander added. "The government has inadequate energy and we have to tolerate the situation." "The government should offer people subsidy to deploy solar-energy clusters in private colonies," said Nariderjeet Singh, assistant professor in Kotkapura's Government College. "In Punjab, we get more sunshine than rain, but cost keeps consumers from trying solar energy."
"After the day's grind, when we prepare to sleep at 10pm, electricity is out for two hours," said Sadak Masih, daily wager from Deviwala village. "If sleep is disturbed, so is the work next morning."
Powercom has to impose eight-hours of power cuts on the domestic sector to supply electricity to the agriculture sector, Mohinderpal Singh Brar, Powercom executive engineer in Faridkot, has said. "There has been no rain, so far," he said. "The harshest power cut from the domestic supply was 7.5 hours on July 3. Usually, we don't go beyond six hours, but the demand has soared because of heat."