The responses of city residents to the load declaration form distributed by the UT Electricity Department for them to fill do not seem to have been very encouraging. The forms were distributed with the electricity bills over the past few months.
Instead,the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) has raised objections to the content of the forms. In a communication to the Electricity Department,the federation has stated that the consumption of various electrical appliances has been added together to arrive at new load figure even though all the items are not switched on together.
The members further state that the previous method for working out the load on the basis of the number of power and light points was more rational and the same needs to be adopted. Adding 2000 W for a microwave oven has been termed unreasonable as the federation states that it is used for a short time and could be taken care of by the short term overload rating of distribution system.
Chairman of the Federation P C Sanghi said that the form for load declaration is not in the interest of the consumers and needs to be reviewed.
During the summer season this year,unscheduled power cuts were experienced in many sectors. The cuts lasted for hours. The electricity department had claimed that while sufficient electricity had been procured as per the existing demand,there were shutdowns due to overloading as people had not declared the actual load.
Superintending Engineer (Electricity) M P Singh said that the form is as per the directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC). He said that if people have an objection to it then an appeal should be given to the JERC. He added that the declaration of load should be done by the residents as it would help improve the supply.