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Pilot scheme in Vellayambalam, Sasthamangalam, Kowdiar and Vazhuthacaud

from today.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Thiruvananthapuram Electrical Division of the Kerala State Electricity Board will introduce an e-mail notification facility from May 11 to provide advance notification to consumers about scheduled power shutdowns in the city.

Such facility was introduced on May 8 for industrial consumers in the division. For getting the advance notification, consumers have to register their name, consumer number and e-mail address at ‘ eetvme@gmail.com.’ The scheme will be piloted for consumers in Vellayambalam, Sasthamangalam, Kowdiar and Vazhuthacaud. If found successful, it will be extended to the whole of the electrical division.

Executive engineer of the city electrical division G. Sreenivasan told The Hindu that the Board had put in place a mechanism to collect information in advance about scheduled maintenance activities/power shut downs. The scheme was introduced for industrial consumers here after representatives of the Kerala State Small Scale Industries Association told KSEB engineers that if they could receive advance intimation about power disruptions, they could reschedule activities in their enterprises to avoid disruptions. It was then that the Board decided to pilot the scheme for domestic consumers.

Target bulk users

“More than the individual consumer, this scheme is targeted at bulk users including apartment complexes. We may find it difficult to notify individual consumers. But if the secretary of an apartment owners’ association or the secretary of a residents’ association register with us, we can provide them advance notification about a power cut. They can then alert their members about the same. For an apartment complex such a notification may help the association office-bearers to ensure that their generator is in working condition. Of course, it goes without saying that we cannot give any notification about breakdowns or snapping of lines,” Mr. Sreenivasan said.

The e-mail message will include the date of maintenance work, name of the feeder which will be shut down and the areas likely to be affected.

This scheme is in addition to the existing practice of issuing notifications about power supply disruptions through the media.