C. Jaishankar

Ramanathapuram: After a small respite of just three weeks, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has once again switched to the mode of stopping power supply for at least six to seven hours a day, giving extreme discomfort to the people of the district. It stops power for three to four hours in the morning and two to three hours in the evening. There is no announcement when the power supply will be stopped.

It is not that trade and industry alone bear the consequences, students, housewives, children and other have been undergoing the suffering for the last few days.

“We don’t know when the power will go off. We find it extremely difficult to complete cooking on time because of the sudden power cuts,” says a women State Government employee.

Power cuts are experienced in Paramakudi, Rameswaram, Kilakarai, R.S. Mangalam and other areas too. The pump set farmers find it difficult to irrigate their fields in some areas.

The situation is worse in rural areas. A consumer activist said that TNEB had been following different yardsticks between urban and rural areas for power supply. When contacted the TNEB sources told The Hindu that the current problem was due to shortage of power generation at some important production plants particularly in Tuticorin.

The situation would be improved gradually based on the power distribution.