Looking at the erratic power supply in the city and rural areas, deputy commissioners of all the districts across the state have urged the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) not to impose any power cuts between 2.30 pm to 5 pm on September 5 owing to PM Narendra Modi’s speech.
Though the power situation has eased a little bit because of rainfall in the past few days, DCs have conveyed to PSPCL not to impose power cuts and even to BSNL for a smooth supply of internet. However, a number of schools in the border areas still face long power cuts on a daily basis.
School timings will be from noon till 5pm on September 5 because the Prime Minister’s speech will be late in the afternoon and hence it is not practical to call students at 7 a.m. “It is a complete change in the daily schedule of students,” said a teacher from Fazilka.
Though the border town is considered an area with lesser facilities, however the Fazilka TV Tower – also known as Fazilka Eiffel tower, which relays Doordarshan channels, will be an added benefit to the schools. DC Manjit Singh Brar said,” the tower is having extremely high frequency (EHF) and hence television sets in schools can easily catch its signal. In border areas, we will be having an added benefit of this tower, though a number of schools have hired dish antennas as well.”
Meanwhile KL Sharma, director distribution, PSPCL said, “We will be making adequate arrangements and will shift power supply of agriculture feeders towards domestic areas at that time. However, it needs to be mentioned that a number of schools in Punjab are linked to agriculture feeders as well. So that’s a challenge for PSPCL as well to ensure power supply on September 5 afternoon.”