Power fluctuation common in NCR
Residents complain of near-death experiences due to short-circuits. HT reports.india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 23:45 IST
The Ghaziabad police may not have a clear answer as to how 32-year-old Pranav Sanyal died, but the molten laptop found on his bed and the smoke billowing from his flat indicated that the fire that led to his death was possibly caused by a short-circuit.
Short circuit in electrical appliances is commonly reported in the adjoining towns of Delhi. While residents complain of near-death experiences because of fluctuation in electricity supply, authorities claim these are nothing but ‘rare incidents’.
Various sectors in Noida and Ghaziabad have been facing much inconvenience because of voltage fluctuation since several years.
Despite complaints lodged with the authority and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), however, things have failed to improve.
“I almost died last Saturday when the battery of a UPS installed at my house exploded after a short circuit,” exclaimed Mallika Bisht, a resident of Noida’s sector 47.
Inspection of the site by a private electrician revealed that due to faulty wiring, there had been a huge surge in the power supply at the time of the incident.
“There haven’t been any major accidents or fires yet — but almost every resident in my building has had to replace or get at least one expensive appliance repaired due to fluctuation,” complained Shivani Singla, a resident of Indirapuram’s Wisdor Park apartments.
While residents complain of a situation as grim, if not worse, in adjacent Ghaziabad, authorities at both satellite towns are in denial.
“The most common complaints are regarding expensive electronic gadgets getting damaged due to fluctuation. In peak winter and summers, the load on transformers increases and this leads to voltage fluctuation,” admitted an official from UPPCL.
“High voltage fluctuations are rare happenings and can cause damage to equipment that do not adhere to ISI specifications or are locally made. The high voltage fluctuation generally happens due to breakage of ‘earthing’ system. Installation of earth leakage devices can protect the equipment in case of high voltage,” said Mahesh Upadhyaya, executive engineer Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) division II at Indirapuram.