Amritsar/muktsar, October 12
The power supply to rural and urban areas of the border district of Amritsar continued to remain grim on Tuesday. Gurjit Singh, a resident of Naraingarh area, said the erratic power supply hampered the daily schedule of his family, besides adversely impacting the recharging capability of inverters.
The government has failed to manage the power crisis. It should have made proper arrangements to deal with the shortage of coal supply. — A Muktsar resident
Bhupinder Singh, a resident of the Majitha road, said the power went out at 9:30 am and was restored at 12 pm. At 2:30 pm, another power cut was imposed which was lifted at 5 pm. A similar situation prevailed yesterday. Residents of rural areas, too, complained of long and erratic power cuts.
In Muktsar district, three to six hours of unscheduled cuts were being imposed in the urban areas. While the situation is little better in Muktsar and Gidderbaha towns, residents of Malout town say they were facing long power cuts.
Not just shopkeepers, housewives too are facing hardship. “The diesel price is touching Rs 100 per litre. With pandemic creating a hole in our pocket, it is not viable for us to use a power generator. Inverter batteries too don’t last long enough. The state government has failed in managing the power crisis. It should have made adequate arrangements to deal with the shortage of coal supply,” said Esha, a housewife.
Subhash Kumar, a shopkeeper, said: “Despite cuts, the situation is a shade better than other towns. Our relatives from Abohar and other areas told us they were facing cuts for six-seven hours daily. The supply remains suspended for maximum three hours here.”
Meanwhile, Jasvir Singh, a resident of Bhullar village, said the situation had improved in their area. “The situation has improved from yesterday. We faced a two-hour outage on Monday and today there is no cut in our area. Even tubewells were running in the afternoon,” he said. — TNS
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