Unannounced power cuts imposed by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) forced residents to endure the cold on Sunday.
Civil Lines, Ghumar Mandi and Mall Road were among the areas that had no electricity from early morning till late evening.
Sunita, a resident of Ghumar Mandi said, "The unannounced cuts are not welcome at all. The department should inform us well in advance. Moreover, they should not choose a Sunday, when everyone's home and consumption of electricity is more." Ghumar Mandi had n power for long hours owing to maintenance work at 66 kv substation at DC Complex. Power was finally restored by 5 pm.
The electricity board, meanwhile, claimed it had given prior intimation. Ludhiana PSPCL Central Division chief engineer Rachpal Singh said, "Electricity supply was halted for the maintenance work, of which information was given to residents earlier."
Fall of HT wire lead to technical snag in 220KVA Dhandhari Kalan
While Ghumar Mandi residents were forced to brave the cold due to power cuts, a technical snag in a 220 KVA power station at Dhandhari Kalan caused by the falling down of a high tension wire on Saturday resulted in a four-hour power failure in the area. It also disrupted train services.
While supply was temporarily restored by Saturday evening, authorities were unable to rectify the snag until the filing of this report on Sunday.
"We are trying to rectify the fault in the Dhandhari Kalan station, but since it was a big snag, we will take some time. Meanwhile, residents were provided electricity by connecting them to other mediums."