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Now here, now gone: Power plays hide ‘n’ seek in Ludhiana

July 13th, 2011

LUDHIANA: Sudden breakdown in two units of Ropar Thermal Plant around 11am on Tuesday played havoc with the lives of city residents who had to bear frequent electricity cuts till late in the evening. Following the collapse, the department had to shed load in the 220kv power sub-stations at Hambran and Ferozepur Road.

As a result, power was disrupted in areas like Rajguru Nagar, Model Town, Model Town Extension, Pakhowal Road, Punjab Mata Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, DC Complex, GT Road and Haibowal, apart from other adjoining areas. Cuts lasting 45 minutes to an hour were imposed after every 15 minutes in these places, making the hot and humid Tuesday even worse.

Expressing helplessness, engineer-in-chief of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) K L Sharma told Ludhiana, Times of India, ”There was sudden breakdown in the units of Ropar thermal plant on Tuesday morning due to which we had to shut them down in parts.”

He added that since power generation was affected, they were forced to impose cuts in various parts of the city.

With power supply playing hide and seek, residents had the going tough. A few areas of the city also bore the brunt of fluctuations and low voltage that damaged their appliances.

A businessman and resident of Model Town, Sunil Mehra, said, ”If there was a technical snag in thermal plant and power shedding was important, authorities could have imposed the breakdown in one go instead of frequent ones.”

Troubled with the outages, a student and resident of Sarabha Nagar, Silky Sharma, said the weather was humid and a shutdown after every 15 minutes was unbearable. ”The power board must upgrade the system. No attention is paid to emergency outages and this is the story of every summer,” she added.

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