DIMAPUR, MAY 24: With the mercury rising, the demand for power has gone up in Dimapur District, but so have the complaints of power outages and voltage fluctuations.
Forced indoors for weeks now, citizens of Dimapur are having their lockdown struggles aggravated by a summer onslaught like no other. Trapped in the soaring heat, water shortage and power cuts have spelled double trouble for the citizens.
The problem is made more acute with children and senior citizens being forced to stay indoors due to the lockdown.
“People can’t go out (due to lockdown) and daily power cuts of up to 3 to 4 hours at one go is making life insufferable,” lamented a resident.
The issues are more pronounced in the outskirts of Dimapur town with minimal infrastructure. But the power outages have been widespread, with many wondering why residential areas should go without power when most businesses and industrial units are under lockdown.
A State Power Department source said the issue is not with the supply, but with infrastructure – and its maintenance.
Bursting transformers, snapped power cables, unwieldy poles ~ the State’s power infrastructure is anyway in a mess at the best of times. With the onset of the rains, the system would only get worse.
According to another resident, it is not the scheduled load-shedding that is the problem as citizens are aware and prepared for the daily one hour load-shedding after every hour or two of power supply. It is the random supply disruption that creates havoc, she said.
In fact, another resident pointed out that during the lockdown’s early days, power supply was okay. But it has turned erratic as days turned into weeks. Also the power supply turned worse after the recurring thunderstorm and rains.
As the Power Department continue to ignore the plight of its consumers in Dimapur District, citizens here have no option but to sweat out the unscheduled power cuts and erratic supply. (Page News Service)