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The worst of times for ?powerless? students

INTRODUCTION OF power rostering in the State capital could not have come at a worse time for students. Though it is exam time, the city is experiencing three-hour power cuts every day. much to the inconvenience of students and their parents.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 00:48 IST

INTRODUCTION OF power rostering in the State capital could not have come at a worse time for students.

Though it is exam time, the city is experiencing three-hour power cuts every day. much to the inconvenience of students and their parents.

The UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) started making regular power cuts in the city last week in a bid to provide more electricity to villages. Now, the city goes without electricity for three hours from 3 pm to 6 pm, every day. But while the UP Board exams are to begin next week, exams for other classes are already underway. And this is the real problem.

“The UPPCL should have deferred power cuts till March-end to save students from the ordeal of studying in candlelight,” said an upset parent, whose son is appearing for the high school exam.

As directed by the UPPCL, Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) snaps power supply at 3 pm only to restore it at 6 pm. The absence of electricity for three hours at a stretch especially affects students staying in apartments or houses, which do not get sufficient sunlight. Even otherwise, it starts getting dark after 5 pm. Though one does not require fans now, the days to come may be quite hot without electricity.

“The way the temperature is going up, it will be very difficult to do without fans and coolers very soon,” said a Class 12 student and resident of Indiranagar. Upset over the power cuts students of Yogeshwar College, DAV Inter College and KKC demonstrated at Rajajipuram sub-station. They were protesting against the power cuts in the state capital prior to board exams.

UPPCL officials say rostering in Lucknow is only a temporary arrangement and the city will start getting 24-hour electricity, as soon as the agriculture power load decreases in villages. But, exams will be over by then.