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Unscheduled power cuts in summers adds to Jalandhar residents misery

While Punjab boasts of being a power surplus state, power services being supplied to the consumer is getting worse day by day. Residents are already reeling under the sweltering heat this summers, and unscheduled power cuts have only increased their misery.

punjab Updated: Apr 25, 2017 12:51 IST
Harvinder Kaur 
Since April first week, unscheduled power cuts has become a routine, with some areas of the city having power cuts for more than six hours a day.
Since April first week, unscheduled power cuts has become a routine, with some areas of the city having power cuts for more than six hours a day.(HT File )

While Punjab boasts of being a power surplus state, power services being supplied to the consumer is getting worse day by day. Residents are already reeling under the sweltering heat this summers, and unscheduled power cuts have only increased their misery.

Since April first week, unscheduled power cuts has become a routine, with some areas of the city having power cuts for more than six hours a day. Some areas in the city including New Dashmesh Nagar, Partap Nagar, Kishanpura and Arjun Nagar have been witnessing repeated power cuts this month. The farmer unions have been complaining about the shortage of power that is being supplied to the fields by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), said that though farmers were promised eight hours of uninterrupted power supply, they are only getting two to three hours of power supply daily. “We have taken up the matter with power minister Rana Gurjit Singh,” said Balbir Singh Rajewal.

While people are suffering from power cuts, officials in PSPCL claimed that the power distribution system is well managed and there have been no power cuts. “Due to storm from the past two days, there were some problems concerning the power supply. Other than that, we have not been receiving any complaints regarding power cuts,” said Parwinder Singh, deputy chief engineer (operations Jalandhar circle), said. “If consumers are facing any problem, they can always report to us. I am available 24x7,” he added. The Jalandhar circle of PSPCL caters to 5.35 lakh power consumers. The officials said that only 14 power supply-related complaints are pending with the PSPCL (north zone) that will be resolved soon.

People take up to SNS for filing problems

With unscheduled power cuts in different parts of the state, people are putting supply-related problems of their respective areas on social networking sites. Sandeep Roy, a resident from Kharar complained on April 21 that there is no power in his area for more than nine hours. Rakesh Singh, from Ludhiana, tagging minister of state Piyush Goyal on a Twitter post, wrote, “Sir, very poor service by PSPCL Punjab. Last one week se only four hour power supply aarhi hai Ludhiana city mein.”