City residents are sweating and angry as the UT electricity department is back with unscheduled power cuts. Low voltage that hits the functioning of appliances, especially air-conditioners, is also giving sleepless nights to residents.
For the last two days, residents of Sectors 27, 28 and Industrial Area have been facing long power cuts as a transformer carrying the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) that supplies power to the sector and is located in the vicinity of the Transport Chowk has been damaged. Around 12MW of supply has been hit to the Industrial Area, Bapudham and Sectors 18,19, 21, 27, 28. Electricity superintending engineer MP Singh said, “The fault in the transformer was detected on Thursday afternoon. The transformer is damaged and now we are trying to get feed from some other sources in Punjab and Haryana.”
400 COMPLAINTS A DAY
Even otherwise, electricity complaint centres have been receiving at least 400 complaints a day for the past week.
Residents in Southern sectors continue to face the brunt of the power shortage with supply lagging demand by over 10% of the peak demand of around 400MW that happened on May 20 this year. Sectors which have been facing unannounced power cuts are 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 51 and some colonies.
OFFICIALS CLAIM THEFT
Residents of Dadumajra and Maloya are reeling under power cuts and electricity department employees claim that these are mostly dependent on theft (kundi) connections. Due to power lines getting snapped, residents of Sector 38 and 38 (west) also have to bear the brunt.
Rajesh Arora, a Sector 27 resident, said, “We have been facing power cuts for two days and also facing voltage fluctuation.” Arvind Jain, a Sector 38 resident, said, “An hour of power cut has become routine. No one listens to us at the complaint centre.”
Residents claimed that with power shortage, water shortage also crept its head. Most residents also claimed that northern sector residents were pampered at the cost of southern sectors.
A Sector 43-B resident claimed that power was cut between 3-5 pm everyday.