Abhijit Dev Kumar and D.V.L Padma Priya

Power cuts coupled with breakdowns have become the order of the day

HYDERABAD: The unscheduled power interruption has got Hyderabadis’ jittery. Though many areas in the city are plunged into darkness, it’s the people residing on the city outskirts who are the worst hit.

For 21-year old A. Aarti, a resident of Keesaragutta, the prolonged power interruption is threatening her livelihood. She takes tuitions for schoolchildren in the evenings and hasn’t been able to do so for the past three days. “Everyday counts for me. Parents have not been able to send their children to tuitions due to such power cuts,” she lamented.

Voltage fluctuations

Damaged electric appliances due to voltage fluctuations were a common complaint from irate residents living in the surrounding areas such as Kushaiguda, Nagarjuna Nagar Colony, Ambedkar Nagar. “My cordless phone was damaged due to a sudden surge in the voltage,” complained M. Ramesh, a resident of Nagarjuna Nagar Colony.

The erratic power disruption has thrown normal life out of gear for students and working professionals. D. Eshwari, a teacher residing in Marredpally has been cooking dinner in the dim light of her emergency lamp every morning.

S. Vinila of Chandrayanguta says that there was disruption in power for over five hours from the past three days. Her fridge faced the wrath of voltage fluctuation. Another resident, Syed Jaffar, a student, helps with house work before leaving for college.

But of late, untimely power cuts have disrupted his schedule. “Daily household chores like heating water or ironing clothes are kept on hold ,” he says.

Mosquito menace

Mosquitoes and the heat have turned Vatsala Sharma, a resident of Gandhi Bazar, Afzalgunj into an insomniac. “The power goes at midnight and there is no sign of it for the next three hours,” she sighs. In addition, residents of White Hills at Kondapur spent a sleepless night on Monday as there was no power since midnight.

“There is no electricity for approximately five hours a day here,” says Paresh Masade, whose web designing firm is located in Raghavendra Nagar at Uppal. Residents of Srinivasapuram Colony, Vanasthalipuram too complained of erratic power interruptions. “Apart from the scheduled power cut, sometimes there is no power between 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.,” said V.R Prasad.

Moreover, the problem persists at T.V. Colony as well. “Normally, there is no power from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and apart from that, there is power cut again in the evening,” complains Chetan Swaroop, a resident of T.V. Colony at Vanasthalipuram.