The UT Electricity Department will impose rotational power cuts in different parts of the city from May 30. Power cuts ranging up to an hour will be imposed at separate times in different sectors. The sectors increasingly witnessing the problem of overloading are the ones where the cuts will be imposed. Not all the sectors will be affected by the shutdowns.
Officials say the reason for imposing the power cuts is to safeguard the electricity distribution system during peak summer season. The Electricity Department had over the past few days studied the areas where the problem of overloading was being experienced. Based on this, some areas had been identified.
The rotational power cuts will be in sectors 8, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 34 and 35, and will be imposed between 11 am and 7 pm. This is the time when the demand for electricity is more.
However, according to SE (Electricity) M P Singh, the problem is not of lack of availability of electricity. It is due to excessive load that outages take place, and it takes time to repair the breakdown due to which residents are inconvenienced.
Over the past few days with the temperatures increasing, breakdown of power supply is being experienced in several sectors ranging up to a couple of hours. With there being no electricity at the water works, the motors could not function, affecting the water supply to different sectors.
Rotational power cuts were imposed in the city a few years back. Officials say that not many residents have declared the load of electricity that they consume in the residential and commercial areas. While this has increased over a period of time, just a few thousands of the over two lakh electricity consumers have declared the load.