GHAZIABAD: One of the tony colonies of Ghaziabad—Indirapuram- presently is suffering from acute power outages, despite the Uttar Pradesh Govt.’s claim of supplying 24 hour power to major cities like Ghaziabad. Even as the heat takes its toll on residents and the power demand witnessing a surge of around 1,500 MW in Ghaziabad alone, large-scale power cuts are being reported from across several colonies in Indirapuram. However, officials of local discom, PVVNL pointed out that these were mainly due to local faults.

A resident of Express Garden in Indirapuram, Rakesh Nanda said: “Our electricity supply comes from Niti Khand sub station. Since I moved to Express Garden, I am facing power crisis in summers. Our electricity supply and the supply to streetlights go out simultaneously showing that the problem persists mostly with our sub station.” However, Nanda claimed that since the last few days power supply had been erratic with 4-5 hours of power cuts during the day and 1-3 hours cut during the night. He added, “Yesterday night there was no electricity from around 12-3 am.”

Nanda remarked that he was quick to write a mail to pvvnlhq@gmail.com and even sent a message on 5616195 (number given in PVVNL site) but did not get a reply from anyone.

One of the major projects that could solve the electricity woes of lakhs of trans-Hindon colonies like Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara etc of Ghaziabad is the 400 KV-Kala Pathar Sub Station. However, work on the station has procrastinated on one pretext or the other.

Meanwhile, a delegation of RWA Federation Ghaziabad met the Chief Engineer, A.K. Gupta yesterday (June 6) regarding the electrical woes. The Chairman of RWA Federation Ghaziabad, Retd. Col Tejandra Pal Tyagi said that credibility of the electrical department is at stake. When the Director of Distribution and other senior officers visited Ghaziabad last month, they assured us that the sub station at Kala Pathar will be operational by mid May and this sub station will cover the entire Indirapuram and adjoining areas of trans-Hindon. The Federation said that the process of giving assurances for this sub station was going on since 2013. It was expected that this summer the supply will improve. But now, the SE Distribution says that SE Transmission is responsible for delay. Col. Tyagi demanded that Kala Pathar Sub Station should be operationalised at the earliest and were given an assurance by the PVVNL officials, that it would be started by June 20.

The Chief Engineer, PVVNL had promised RWA Federation members in the last meeting that transformers and poles coming in the way of traffic will be removed but to no avail.

The Federation had also demanded that the officials must complete all repair and refurbishing work pertaining to electrical lines and poles before the onset of summers—but to no avail.

The Chief Engineer of PVVVNL, A.K. Gupta clarified that shifting of poles and transformers can be done either by the road constructing agency or on payment. He agreed to ensure that all maintenance works will be carried out either from 10 to 11 am or from 5 to 6 pm, unless in an emergency. He agreed to ask his staff to prune the trees, wherever they are found to be dangling precariously over the power supply lines.

Regarding the Kala Pathar 400 KVA sub station, the CE said, that the work got held up due to Forest Clearance and is now likely to be completed before June 20.

(Written by Prasoon Pant, Editor)

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