Zirakpur localities go without power for up to 4 hours
Water supply also hit in some areas, PSPCL had said rotational cut won’t be for more than 2 hrspunjab Updated: Jun 05, 2018 12:57 IST
Puncturing the claims of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) that the scheduled power cuts in Zirakpur localities won’t be for more than two hours, some areas remained in the dark for up to four hours on Monday.
Rotational power cuts have been imposed in the town from 6am on Monday to 5pm on Tuesday to augment the transformer capacity at the 66kV substation in Dhakoli. The affected areas are Dhakoli, Peer Muchalla, Dhakola, Wadhwa Nagar, Harmilap Nagar, Green City, Mamta Enclave, Baltana, Nagla Road, Bazigar Basti, Bishanpura, Ghazipur, K-area and Sanouli.
Initially, the localities witnessed power cuts for less than 30 minutes but as the day progressed residents in some areas complained of cuts stretching to more than four hours.
In some localities, including Krishna Enclave and Shalimar Enclave, residents also complained of water supply being hit on upper floors with pumps not working.
Residents were harried even as the PSPCL had promised on Sunday that during the 35-hour-long rotational cuts no locality will go without power for more than two hours. “Electricity supply to all feeding lines at Dhakoli substation will be ensured on a rotational basis. Power cuts in any area will not last more than two hours,” the corporation spokesperson had said.
‘Playing hide and seek’
Power supply to Savitri Green-II, Aero Homes and Maya Garden City was snapped around 1pm but was not restored till 5pm. After having waited for two hours, residents started calling up the complaint number.
Gurdip Singh Bhogal, general secretary of the senior citizen forum, Zirakpur, said, “Power has been playing hide and seek with us throughout the day. We were supplied power for two hours after a gap of four hours.”
Voicing her anger on Twitter, Annu Chaudhary, a resident, said, “Promise of rotational 2 hour power cut failed as there is no power for last 4 hours since 1pm in the Aero Homes, Gazipur Road.”
Even around 7:45pm, half of the Maya Garden City adjoining Escon Arena was without power since 1pm.
NS Rangi, additional superintendent engineer, operation division, Zirakpur, PSPCL, said, “Besides minor power cuts there was no major load shedding in Zirakpur on Monday.” On power cuts extending to four hours in some areas, he said: “A heavy vehicle rammed into an electricity pole at the Singpura feeder line, disrupting power.”