Kendrapara, May 31 (LocalWire): Long power cuts seemed to have become a norm in Kendrapara these days, particularly after cyclone Fani, while residents were left with no choice.
Even after the lines were repaired after Fani, supply is still erratic, said a resident. “We lived without electricity for two weeks after Fani. Now there’s a 3-4 hour daily power cut,” said Bikas Mohanty.
“My studies are getting hampered. How long can we keep using kerosene lamps,” Mohanty, a school student of Rajnagar said.
Despite daily maintenance work, some areas still face power cuts, admitted an official of the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) Agency.
Power cuts are also interrupting water supply. And the high use of fuel-run generators at domestic, commercial and industrial establishments has increased noise and air pollution.
Shop owner Purnachandra Sahoo said “Business has gone slow. No customer comes during a power cut, which happens every alternative hour.”
Meanwhile, sale of inverters and generators have gone up. More people are buying inverters in urban areas but people in rural areas prefer generators, said a shopkeeper.
“An inverter costs between Rs 17,000 and Rs 25,000. Common people can’t afford it. So we have started a six monthly EMI system and so people are purchasing them now,” said shopkeeper Akash Behera.
Asked about the irregular power supply in Kendrapara, CESU executive engineer said, “We have repaired the power infrastructure after the cyclone, but in some places there are still problems of loose connections, which is why people are experiencing power outage but we are repairing them.”