Unscheduled power cuts are frequent phenomena in the city, creating inconvenience for the residents. While residents are now used to of two three-hour long power cuts, but they are fretting over the long duration cuts, where the power supply becomes erratic.
Savita Sharma, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, C block said, “There is a one-two hour cut on daily-basis these days, and we can handle it, but when the duration increases, and that too without prior information, it becomes difficult to bear the situation.”
The condition is same in many other parts of the city ranging from Haibowal to Chandigarh Road and from Sarabha Nagar to Agar Nagar.
Residents feel that if the duration of cuts is to be increased, it should be notified, since power cuts halt many household chores, especially the water supply.
Ananya, said, “Two to three hour cut is regular phenomena in Chandar Nagar area.” In the same way Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, had to bear five-hour long cut on Sunday due to rain and storm.
Harshita Sharma, a resident of Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, said, “Whenever rain comes or there is storm, we start getting prepared for the cuts instead of enjoying the weather.”
The situation could be judged very well, as the area where chief managing director (CMD) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), KL Chaudhary, resides is also reeling under the same problem.
People here are suffering from fluctuations in light, long cuts and no proper solutions, has been given even after several complaints.
Rajuru Nagar Block B and C have been facing fluctuation problem for the past four days. JP Dhingra, a resident of the area, said, “I complained to the department on Sunday, when I saw a sparking in the transformer. They came and repaired it, but electricity’s hide-and-seek game is still on.”
The residents of Rajguru Nagar Block C say power supply has been given to Thareeke village, and a few new colonies, like New Rajguru Nagar from the block C transformer, which causes overburderning and leads to power fluctuation in their area.
One of the officials of Agar Nagar Division of PSPCL, who wished not to be named, said power supply in Rajguru Nagar was smooth now. He said disturbance was noticed two days ago during storm, but that was repaired.
Residents of Sarabha Nagar protested at PSPCL sub-station, as their bills were not deposited by the centre claiming shortage of computers. Sarabjinder Singh said, “There were three computers out of which two were non-functional.
Thus there was a queue of nearly 150 people on a single window. Many senior citizens had to stand for hours waiting for their turn.”
R-APDRP STARTS REPLACING OLD WIRES
The major problem of electricity was witnessed due to poor condition of wires this season. The department has Reverse Accelerator Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP) under which these wired will be replaced.
The deputy chief engineer of APDRP, Ludhiana, Pradeep Kumar, said, “Work has already been started in 80% areas of all nine divisions in Ludhiana. This is a two-year project, thus it will take time to get all needed infrastructure replaced.”
Kumar said, “The replacement of wires in Chaura Bazar, where fire occurred due to sparking this month, has been started and work to repair entangled wires in Haibowal area have also been started.”