Use of solar energy, regular maintenance of power plants & supply lines, limited use of ACs & no electricity wastage need of the hour
Give power cut info in advance
Since the onset of summer season, Chandigarh witnesses unexpected power cuts. On calling the Electricity Department officials tell there is a fault in wires. If the department informs residents through newspaper about scheduled power cuts due to any reason, then they can do their work in advance. Students expect that the department solves all power-related issues as soon as possible because exams are approaching. Otherwise, frequent power cuts hinder studies.
Campaign to save power
There is need to launch mass campaign to save electricity. The government should plan in advance to generate required electricity and meet the demand. Difference in supply and demand is a major cause of power cuts in the tricity.
Dr Amit Sandhal, Mandi Gobindgarh
Conduct power audit in tricity
There must be an audit of supply, consumption, leakage, and theft of power in the tricity. Accountability of officials concerned for any lapses must be fixed. All commercial establishments must have mandatory solar power stations. The VVIP areas must not have dedicated grid line when people face long power cuts. Let VVIPs face heat, which common man experiences every day.
Capt Amar Jeet, Mohali
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Failure to assess power situation
An astute and prudent planning and prompt execution thereof may immediately rescue hapless residents, who bear the brunt of multiple unscheduled power cuts amid an intense heatwave across the tricity. However, the authorities concerned have miserably failed to emerging power situation each year? Needless to say, any hidden move to privatise power generation and its distribution may only be grossly ill-conceived and thus least advisable.
Vinayak G, Panchkula
Shortage of field staff
Despite having sanctioned need based additional load after charging from consumers, the Electricity Department has not set its house in order. Transmission lines do not seem to be suitably upgraded. It appears that responsible officials are in deep slumber and not concerned about consumers’ woes. Tripping and power shutdowns take time to rectify due to shortage of field staff like linemen. This must act as a wake-up call for officials concerned.
SC LUTHRA, Chandigarh
Don’t ignore residents’ calls
Amid the ongoing heat wave, disruption in power supply is wreaking havoc on residents’ routine. To alleviate the situation, the Electricity Department should not ignore residents’ calls. The department should employ more workforce to communicate with residents and solve their power-related issues. Also the department should ask all consumers to get their electricity meters upgraded according to their load.
Ananya Goel, Ambala Cantt
Ban air-conditioners in govt offices
The government should should curb the misuse of electricity in government offices. Air-conditioners (ACs) should be banned in ministers, councillors and government offices. Solar panels should be installed and be mandatory for bigger houses. Subsidy should be given for installing solar panels.
Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali
Cut down on power consumption
No doubt, PSPCL has miserably failed to provide uninterrupted power to consumers in Mohali. At the same time, being responsible citizens, we must cut down on our consumption of electricity upto maximum extent. Use one air-conditioner instead of two and two in place of three. Moreover, we may curtail use of AC by an hour daily in the morning and in the evening.
AK Jindal, Patiala
Purchase power from surplus states
It is really sad that the government has again failed when it comes to saving consumers from power cuts. It should have made adequate provisions for uninterrupted power. The government should endeavour to purchase power from surplus states like Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. In case the government purchases power at higher cost the hike can be passed to consumer.
NPS Sohal, Chandigarh
Ensure correct information of load
It happens that consumers give Electricity Department wrong information about their load consumption. In order to cut down the cost, they show less number of ACs, TVs, refrigerators or heavy appliances. The government should conduct a survey, redistribute power and revise its data. This will ensure reduction in power cuts to some extent in the tricity.
Priyam Aggarwal, Chandigarh
Prior arrangements to meet peak demand
The Electricity Department should have made prior arrangements to meet demand for power in the summer season. Consumers should be educated to save electricity. Office working hours should be reduced during summer in the tricity. Instead of air-conditioners water coolers should be installed in offices. All thermal plants should be made functional.
Sumesh Kumar Badhwar, Mohali
Fresh survey to check load
A fresh survey should be conducted to check overall household electricity load in the tricity. When the exact load is not on record, how can the Electricity Department assess demand for total power consumption? Consumers, who declare wrong electricity load, should be penalised to set an example.
Harsimran Kamboj, Chandigarh
Use electricity judiciously
Admit it or not we are over dependent on electricity. Where will this extra power come? Solar power is the solution. People have to make their own arrangements to meet their growing need for more electricity. They can also use electricity judiciously. The green cover of the City Beautiful has to be increased in order to decrease use of air- conditioners, which consume a lot of power and pollute the environment. Inculcate habit of saving electricity among kids. They should be advised to switch off all gadgets in the room when going out.
Bir Devinder Singh Bedi, Chandigarh
Provide solar panels to all
The Administration should provide solar panels to all residents at subsidised rates to augment power generation. Electricity produced by solar power system can supplement the main grid supply without any additional cost. It is, therefore, suggested that solar power system be made compulsory in the tricity. Solar power system has low maintenance cost as compared to hydro/thermal power generation machinery.
Col TBS Bedi (retd), Mohali
Two-day off for industrial consumers
There should be two-day weekly off for industrial consumers because the demand for electricity is more than supply. Electricity must be judicially used in government offices. Unlimited use of air-conditioners must be banned in government offices. The authorities concerned are responsible for inconvenience to the public. Efforts must be made to arrange extra power during summer season.
Anita Tandon, Kharar
Overhaul power generation system
The power generation system of Punjab must be overhauled. The grid load capability must be improved. The Bhakra Beas Management Board must increase its generation. The focus should also be shifted to setting up renewable energy sources. More solar and biomass power generation plants must be set up. Punjab once had the tag of a power surplus state. It’s high time for the government to get it again.
Simran Sidhu, Chandigarh
Replace old meters
One of the main reasons for unscheduled power cuts is non-declaration of load by residents. The respective Administrations of the tricity should immediately replace all old meters with preferably three or more phase electronic meters for houses above three marlas after duly verifying their electric load. Hefty fines should be imposed on consumers, who draw electricity directly from poles through ‘kundi’ connections.
Savita Kuthiala, Chandigarh
Save electricity is the mantra