Although Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal promised 24-hour power supply from March 1,the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials have found a novel way to impose powercuts.
For the past one week,on average more than 25 colonies face powercuts up to eight hours every day in name of maintenance.
The consumers,hence,are an irritated lot because of this sudden spurt of repair drives in the city.
Apart from this,even one-day staggered compulsory weekly off is also to be followed by the industry. Residents argue that till February end they were facing powercuts ranging between 5 and 6 hours every day,so PSEB should have carried out the drive then. Deputy Chief Engineer H S Randhawa admitted that consumers are facing inconvenience due to the maintenance drive. He said,”We have 26 feeders in the city and they all need maintenance at one time or the other. I agree that they should have been maintained in the previous months,but now instructions have been sent that no maintenance schedule should extended beyond 3 hours. In case,the work is pending,it can be carried out in the next shift after a week’s gap.”
Meanwhile,due to forthcoming elections,residents are enjoying better power supply. The honeymoon period will end on May 13 (the day of polling).
Randhawa,however,said,”It has nothing to do with the elections. During this month,we have surplus power because agriculture load reduces. We hope to give better supply to residents during the paddy season.”