Residents of several sectors in Noida may have to depend on generator sets for power supply on March 22 and 23. The Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) will snap supply from 10 am to 2 pm on the two days, owing to relocation of a transmission line in Greater Noida.
The move will greatly impact students appearing for their board exams.
A PVVNL spokesperson said, “The department has to relocate a transmission-line tower between Noida and Greater Noida. The tower, near Hotel Formule1 in Greater Noida, stands in the middle of an upcoming freight corridor of the Indian Railways. It has to be removed from there for the development of rail lines.”
Thus, supply to sectors such as 32, 35, 40, 42, 46, 47, 80, 83, 93, 100, 108, 124, 126, 128 to 137, 142 and 153, will be partly impacted on the mentioned dates for a few hours.
Mukul Singhal, superintending engineer with PVVNL, said, “The 220 kV sub-station, which supplies power to various sectors, won’t be transmitting power from the station in Greater Noida. The tower needs to be relocated for uninterrupted supply in future.”
Residents, however, are not a happy lot.
Sandeep Singh, a resident, said, “The board examinations are on. How are the children going to study with no power! There are several sectors where there’s no power back-up."
Maintaining supply through diesel generators (DG) can get expensive, residents complained. Manoj Kumar Srivastava, another resident, argued, “The cost of per unit consumption using a DG is four times higher than normal supply. The builder charges Rs 25 for one unit of generator-supplied power."