Saturday, March 24, 2007

So many unscheduled power cuts’

So many unscheduled power cuts’
Deccan Herald

Notwithstanding Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited(Bescom)'s claim that there’s no load shedding, Bangaloreans are suffering from erratic and unscheduled power cuts.

Blame it on summer or the relentless power cuts. Bangaloreans, caught between the two, are already sweating it out.

Even as the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) states that there’s no load shedding, residents in several areas in the City complain of erratic and unscheduled power cuts. In such a desperate situation, people say, the least Bescom could do is to inform them in advance, so that they could prepare themselves for the ordeal. Residents in some areas say that load shedding has become progressively worse from January end.

Mr Venugopal Rao of Langford Town says the frequency of load shedding has increased recently and Mr Mishra, from Cooke Town, complains of a one-hour power cut every evening, on rotation basis, in his area and neighbourhoods.

There are others who say that there’s load shedding at night and the early hours of the morning, and “we’ve to spend sleepless nights because of mosquitoes and the summer heat”.

In denial mode

But Bescom officials maintain that there’s no load shedding in the City. “Only in some small pockets do we restrict the load during peak hours, by cutting the power supply. These are areas where the lines are overloaded.”

But, they’ve a word of ‘consolation’ (or hollow promise): “We are working on strengthening these lines and this will take two months time.” Claims a Bescom official, “80 per cent of Bangalore does not have a power problem”.

Many parents, who have their wards studying for exams, are particularly irked. Savita of Rajajinagar says load-shedding is difficult on her son, a Class III student, who is preparing for his final exams.

Only recourse

Others staying in apartments like Mr Das say, “Our water supply too is affected because of load shedding. We’ve to pump water from borewells to overhead tanks at a particular time but, because of power cuts, we find it difficult. We’ve to depend on water tankers”.

But if Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd is to be believed, only in the event of a “station constraint”, is unscheduled load-shedding resorted to.


At Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 5:45:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BESCOM has been enforcing regular power cuts in and around Kammanahalli Main Road. I have not seen such power cuts in any other part of the city. I did complain many times to BESCOM, but the thing had not stopped. There is a 1-2 hour power cut during the day time and a one hour power cut in the night. This is besides the monthy power cut in the name of maintenace from 9 am to 5 pm. The night time power cut occurs at irregular times so that people reaching home after work are put to immense hardship. I don't know to whom shall I go to file a complaint to stop this illegal practice.

At Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 2:07:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Brookefield, and we have a minimum of 6 hrs of power cut everyday. Sometimes more. You dont even feel like returning to home since the moment you step in there is a power cut. Its becoming more and more pathetic everyday, I am actually looking for a job outside bangalore to get out of these useless powercuts. Today already there was a power cut from 10 am to noon and there is already another one going on right now. and there is going to be another one at 4:30pm to 6:30pm. and they say there is no load shedding. What will happen when they start load shedding.

At Monday, May 25, 2009 at 6:47:00 AM GMT+5:30, Blogger Unknown said...

Its really disgusting and very annoying as the powercuts are very frequent in Tinfactory , udayanagar. Whats happening with the electricity, no information , nothing is mentioned in the newspaper and this is really a nightmare to bangalore, and we are the people suffering. Why is bangalore like this, with no electrcity, water is a major problem here in bangalore the people who are supposed to take care of this are happily enjoying and we are the sufferers. I think we have a disgusting people and good for nothing people to take care of these things.

At Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:09:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the government needs to make sure is entire bangalore city suffers the same power cuts. When power goes off in any part the mayor's house should lose power and so should the assembly and all the government offices and also especially the colonies designed for power corporation employees. Those should always lose first power.


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