Residents of Sector 20, Noida, are having a tough time this summer. With six of the nine transformers overloaded, the sector has been facing as many as eight power cuts every day. The transformer capacity varies from 440 kVA to 630 kVA.
Ironically, Noida's largest substation, of 220 kV capacity, is in that very sector, and it supplies electricity to one-fourth of Noida.
Umakant Sharma, Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), told City Spidey that the electricity demand for Sector 20 was about 20 MVA and sufficient power was being provided to it.
Jitendra Nagar, general secretary of the Sector 20 RWA, said, that overload often damages the transformers, resulting in eight to ten hours of outage. The sector's RWA has demanded either an increase in the number of transformers or immediate replacements.
"Electrical appliances get damaged as a result of the frequent voltage fluctuations," said Anil Gupta, a resident. "The power is gone so long that even inverters are useless."
When City Spidey raised the issue, the SDO said that a team from the electricity department was carrying out a survey and would soon submit a report along with the budget. "After the budget is approved, the transformers will be either replaced or increased in number," added Sharma.