Power cuts: Unlike urban, rural areas get respite
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 24
While the urban areas are still reeling under power cuts, those residing in the rural areas got some respite. The areas of Bassi Pathana, Sirhind, Amloh, Khamano and Mandi Gobindgarh are complaining of about five-hour cuts everyday while the villagers said the cuts had come down to three hours a day.
The overall situation has improved as compared to the last year. Kuldip Singh, a resident of Hargana village, said they were getting uninterrupted power supply for the last two months.
“A 66-KVA grid was installed at our village recently, however, adjoining villages are still reeling under three-hour power cuts,” Kuldip added.
Sewak Singh of Mehmudpur village said the situation in the domestic sector had improved, and now, it gets power for about five hours for irrigation.
Contrary to the claims of eight-hour-long continuous supply, we are getting five to six hour, Sewak rued.
Arun Pathak, a trader who sells inverters, said the situation in the urban areas was miserable as compared to the rural areas.
Though the duration of the cuts had come down, the areas still face about four-hour cuts, he added.
Meanwhile, a press release issued by Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti said the situation had improved in both urban and rural areas of Fatehgarh Sahib as the Punjab Government had purchased electricity during the paddy season.
XEN Powercom, AS Gill said 27 new feeders would be set up in Fatehgarh Sahib and capacity of 700 transformers had also been increased for uninterrupted power supply.
Efforts are on to fill the vacant posts in the electricity departments of the district, he added.