Following acute power shortage in the state coupled with delayed monsoon,Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Chairman cum Managing Director Avnish Awasthi made an appeal to consumers requesting their cooperation.
He requested consumers to minimise the use of air-conditioners and commercial establishments to minimise use of electricity. He also asked local bodies to ensure minimum use of street lights and government officers to use minimum possible lights and air-conditioners.
Two weeks back,the labour department had issued an order for shops and malls to close down at 7 pm to save power but had to take it back following opposition from all quarters. The gap between demand and supply per day is still around 2000 MW. Due to delayed monsoon and increased demand for power,many areas are also facing problems of low voltage and faults in lines as well as transformers.
We are trying our best to give uninterrupted supply but due to rising temperature and heavy loads on lines,we are facing large-scale problem of faults in the lines. Consumers are requested to cooperate with us, Awasthi said in his appeal to consumers.
On Sunday,Awasthi called urgent meetings of senior officers and representatives of companies supplying transformers. He formed 11 teams of senior officers and deputed them for surprise inspections of 33 KVA power substations across Lucknow. All the officers – mainly of the rank of chief engineers – have been asked to draw up a report of their visits and submit it to the corporation. He also asked the officers to ensure that transformers are bought from reliable companies.