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Updated: June 7, 2013 13:51 IST

Chennai frets, Suburbs sweat

Vivek Narayanan
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Even though load shedding has been brought down from four hours to three hours in the suburbs, residents of Thiruninravur allege that they have been facing power cuts from 9 a.m to noon and again from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. Those in the city have been troubled by low voltage problem.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced that from June 2, domestic consumers in Chennai will have to bear only one hour load shedding and those in remaining parts of the State, three hours. “Two months back we were facing 12-hour power cuts daily. But even after the chief minister reduced the duration of scheduled power cuts, for the past two days we have been facing long duration of outages,” said S.Alamelumangai, a resident of Prakash Nagar, 8th street in Thiruninravur

According to her, in the night the locality is affected by voltage fluctuation. “Electrical equipment in my house has been spoilt. Despite giving complaints, there has been no response from the local Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) office,” she said.

Roy Rozario, general secretary of People’s Voice said that the power cuts have become a headache for residents who stay out of city limits. “Some times there interruptions occur due to some technical problem too,” he said.

Residents claim that a mobile phone tower in the locality draws electricity from the grid. “Due to this the voltage drops. Despite the presence of such huge structure that consumes large amount of electricity, the transformer in the locality is of low capacity,” said Mrs. Alamelumangai.

The voltage problem is also a major complaint for city residents. “We are not able to run the air-conditioners at night due to low voltage. It is a major problem during summer. Children find it hard to sleep and they doze off in the class room the next day,” said J.Hrishikesh, a resident of T.Nagar.

TANGEDCO officials said that in the city the main problem was overloading due to increased usage of air-conditioners. “The problem in Thiruninravur must be due to some technical problem. The staff will look into the issue,” said a TANGEDCO official.


Vivek NarayananJune 28, 2012

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Yes...Urapakkam is worstly affected with power problem. Most of the time
we are unable to use the lift in our apartment and forced to climb

from:  pravin
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 03:51 IST

The low voltage situation has gone from bad to worse to Pathetic.Even though the government charges such high rates for the elctricity to the consumer,all we get back is a High EB bill coupled with sleepless nights due to low voltages.In West Tambaram,Old state bank colony, there are persistent problems of low voltages for residential houses but a new flat of about 400 houses opposite to our street doesnt have any such problem.We have made atleast a 100 calls to the EB office and their reply is "Its Summer and it will be like this only".We the people of tamilnadu are born to suffer i guess!!!!

from:  Sam
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 13:22 IST

It is a fact that all announcements by Government that power cut is reduced are not experienced in Tiruninrvur, as claimed by the resident of Prakash nagar. The electricity authorities should check this and ensure that Government pronouncement is strictly followed.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 11:01 IST

The same problem in Urapakkam, the city's most wanted suburb. We face almost 8 to 10 hours power cut, that too in irregular intervals, causing serious problems. The middle class group, to have a little comfort, has come out of chennai, but facing other problems due to power cut. Will TANGEDCO officials look into the matter and provide some relief for us ?

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 08:14 IST

In chennai everything is possible. All that you have to do is keep greasing the palms of the officials and they will allow you to do whatever you want.

from:  Sunsevvur
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:10 IST

What is the purpose of reducing durationof power cut, which is mere
political stunt , which does not make any difference, because we the
residents of MADIPAKKAM, ULLAGARAM, NANGANALLUR, and down south wards
where the fluctuation happens and why. Only passing buck attitude of
the authorities happens in areas like ours. When the whole of CITY
THE ENERGY GOES. Whether the department is clandsidently sells the
energy to any other world. Wish to know how the same authorities are
able to GIVE 100% VOLTAGE TO ALL VVIP AREAS. If the authorities are
unable to supply the right voltage, let them recommend to BEA to
manufacture electrical appliance with low input voltage of 100 VOLTS.
Atleast let them do this service. If this situation continues it will
have a big impact on the political front

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:45 IST

Dear Sir, The main cause of low voltage in many residential areas , is due to the presence of mini industrial establishments like printing presses etc. This , I believe, should not have been authorized as per Town Planning Rules in purely residential areas, and should have been of limited capacities in Mixed Residential areas. This is causing a strain on the power network. Moreover these establishments run during the night as well. When the residents switch on their air conditioners at night , a low voltage situation will most definitely arise. How did these mini industrial establishments get the approval from the Authorities, in contravention of Town Planning Rules..??? As a remedy these establishments have to closed down permanently, or , a shutdown has to be enforced from the evening till next day morning to mitigate the power demand.

from:  Maqsood
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:23 IST

In reality in Chennai we are getting more than 1 hour power cut. In
Velachery west, (apart from the 12 to 1pm official power cut) every day
there is a power cut that is designed to kill your sleep : between 10pm
to 11:30 pm power goes and comes intermittently. And on week ends we
get an additional 1 hour power cut towards the evening.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:55 IST

Poor planning by the govt. is leading to miserable conditions for the people.
One thing the TN needs to stand firm is: When the nuclear power plant (KKNP) comes live, the state should get its due share. Only when there is zero power outage, power should be given to neighboring states.
Kerala will never build such plants citing environment, but then would want a "big" share of the fruits!

from:  Rizwan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:57 IST
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