In the face of acute power crisis, villagers in Dimple Yadav’s parliamentary constituency Kannauj have laid siege to a substation to ensure power supply in their areas. Armed with guns, they are not allowing employees of 33/11 KV sub-station Bahwalpur in Kannauj to roster power in their areas.
The villagers have even thrashed employees who have tried to supply power to other villages according to the schedule.
Kannauj being a VIP district was earlier exempted from power cuts.
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The power corporation has now lodged an FIR with the local police for action against the villagers.
“Such a situation has been reported in Chhibramau region of Kannauj. We have emergency rostering of nearly seven hours every day. People here have big egos as they consider themselves from a VIP district. They have captured the substation, making rostering difficult so that other areas could also be supplied power,” said P Ram, Executive Engineer, Kannauj.
The Bhawalpur substation supplies power to Bishungarh and Kasaba feeder. Due to excessive load, Kasaba feeder has been bifurcated in three sections — Kasaba, Palia and Hathin — for shiftwise power supply of four hours each.
When the power department somehow managed power supply shiftwise, the villagers short circuited the whole sub-station. “We somehow tried to pacify the villagers for power rostering so that every village gets supply. Sometimes they are convinced and sometimes they beat up our employees. We have registered two FIRs in this regard,” P Ram said.
Elsewhere in the state too, the power situation is grim even as the state government has announced to ensure 15-24 hours of supply in urban areas and 10 hours in rural areas.
In Kanpur, traders have announced a two-day strike against long spells of power cuts that are hampering their business, while in Allahabad, people have thrown white clothes over transformers marking them as dead. Lawyers have resorted to protests in Barabanki and Faizabad. In Aligarh, women blocked the national highway over power outages.
According to the power department, demand in UP is nearly 12000-13000 MW while the supply, including central pool, is averaging 11000 MW.