PUNE: As the city temperature is soaring, so are the temperaments of Puneites who are facing undeclared power cuts (load shedding) at any time of the day or night.
Interestingly, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) was unaware of any such power cuts. In fact, MSEDCL claimed that the minor power cuts are handled by the local MSEDCL office.
Nevertheless, these frequent and untimely power cuts have incurred losses to the small-scale traders and businessmen who don’t have inverters. Sandeep Belsare,
President of Small Scale Industries, told Sakal Times that there are no intimations given before the power cut. Our industry is basically machine-based and when the power supply suddenly goes off, the work gets badly delayed. These power cuts sometimes are of short duration, but the fluctuation of voltage causes damage to the machines and thus we face financial problems.”
Vijay Changedia, Secretary of Chemist Association of Pune district, said, “The frequent and untimely power cuts are experienced every year during summers. Since everybody today uses computers to maintain data, the untimely power-cuts corrupt the data and the entire system collapses. We also face problems while printing bills and the delay in giving the bills annoys the customers. Our biggest fear is for the medicines, which are kept in the fridge, so we avoid operating the fridge during the power cuts.”
“Even if we register complaints with MSEDCL officials, we do not get proper answers. Majority of calls we get are from chemists situated in Kothrud, Balewadi, Baner, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Lohegaon and Vadgaon,” Changedia added.
The residents are even anxious about it, but they are helpless. Preeti Kolekar, a resident of Pimpri, said, “At any time of the day or night, the power goes off and we have to wait for the electricity to come back. Till then, we had to suffer due to heat.”
Christopher Samuel, another resident and student from Balewadi, said, “We are literally fed up due to the frequent power cuts. Due to untimely cuts, we suffer in the middle of the night or afternoon, the time when we take rest.”
Mayank Sahal, an IT professional and a resident of Vadgaon Sheri, shared that every day there are frequent power cuts and there is no time limit for it. “On Tuesday, from 2 am to 5 am, there was no electricity in our area. We are now getting used to it.”
Tushar Ghate, a businessman and a resident from Kothrud, said, “In Kothrud, the frequent power cuts have reduced. But still, whenever the electricity goes off, it does not return soon. And when we make a complaint in the substation, the officials there do not reply to our queries.”
The executive engineer of MSEDCL was surprised to hear that there are frequent power cuts taking place all over the city. NR Raut, Executive Engineer of MSEDCL, said, “We have no such information that any locality in the city is reeling under power cuts. We have not received any such complaint from anywhere,” he said. “Maybe, power cuts are happening in some areas due to technical faults,” he added.
During this time, the people are using air conditioners, coolers and fans to beat the heat. And this is why the problem is compounding, he added.