The arrival of summer has been cruel for residents of Noida as long power outages have added to the misery brought on by the soaring mercury. Normal life has been disrupted by power cuts of three to five hours on a daily basis.
The electricity department claimed that power cuts increase whenever the city is hit by strong winds and rain as they lead to a breakdown in power supply. The department further said that electric power transmission is also affected when power cables and transformers are changed.
Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) officials had claimed before the arrival of the summers that Noida residents would receive 24-hour electricity supply in the upcoming season. However, in reality, the electricity department’s claim seems to be highly unsuccessful.
Saroj and Rakesh Singh, residents of Sector-62, Noida said that they have witnessed severe power cuts during the past one week.
Ajeet Raghav, a resident of Sector 31, Noida said that the electricity department is unwilling to explain the reason behind the long power outages to the people. He further rued that the inverters can’t be charged in such a scenario and they too stop functioning after a period of time. Moreover, even the water supply has been affected.
An official of the electricity department, Rakesh Kumar Rana said that electricity disruption takes place due to rain. He also said that more than fifty transformers and old lines of the city were being replaced which had created some problems for the residents. The official further assured there was adequate power supply in the city.
Noida Entrepreneurs Association’s (NEA) President Vipin Malhan along with other office bearers of the organisation met Arvind Rajvedi, superintending engineer of PVVNL and demanded that the industries operating in the city shouldn’t face excessive power cuts in the summers.
On his part, Rajvedi assured them that the industries would receive adequate power supply. He also claimed that Noida residents needn't worry as they too would receive their fair share of power supply in the summer.