Noida: The residents of Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida are complaining about frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuations which are affecting their lives. The children are especially facing difficulties in attending online classes.
Brijesh Narang, a resident of Alok Vihar-2, Sector 50, Noida said, “I have two kids, they are 13 and 6 years old, studying in 8th and 1st class respectively. Due to Covid, they are attending online classes. The frequent power cuts are affecting their studies. When there is a power cut, it takes almost 30 seconds to 1 minute for DG to start. I purchased an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for my computer so that my children can continue their classes without any interruption. The frequent power cuts are adding more to the stress level and anxiety for the children especially during their online examinations. They get worried about the power cut during online examinations. The authority should take steps to provide uninterrupted power supply.”
Damini Yadav, a resident of Sector 49, Noida said, “We are facing power cuts for the past 3 months. It reminds me of old times. The power cuts are now just like the old times. I don't keep anything in the refrigerator as it is of no use. This problem needs to be solved as it is affecting our health. Due to sweat, we face many issues, one of them is skin rashes.”
The Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (NOFAA) has written a letter to the Minister of Energy (UP government) Shrikant Sharma, regarding frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuations in high rise societies of Gautam Budh Nagar.
The NOFAA wrote in the letter, “Lately it is being observed that our various member societies are facing power-related issues. Noida is a no power cut zone, is the understanding given to us for long. However, societies have been facing regular issues with unstable power/voltage supplies. There are frequent power interruptions several times during the day and sometimes even during the night. And these outages are not part of the scheduled outage.”
“Such failures are extremely worrisome, especially in recent times, where the majority of children are having online classes/exams and the internet connection gets interrupted repeatedly because of such power failures. This has also been affecting professionals working from home. Such failures bring in the more frequent use of diesel generators, adding more to the existing pollution sufferings of the residents,” the letter read.
“The home electric appliances are frequently getting damaged due to frequent power failures. This has been hitting hard on the pockets of the residents in these tough pandemic times when earnings have become a challenge for many. Stable power supply is the most important element for building a sustainable township. We intend to make Noida a world-class city,” the letter stated.