As the city’s power demand soared to a new high with the rising temperature, various parts have been witnessing power cuts during the night for the past few days. The officials blamed the lack of infrastructure in certain areas and said the power failure is not due to the unavailability of power.
With the sudden rise in the power demand, the residents in areas like Pallikaranai, Velachery, Pallavakkam, Madipakkam, Saligrammam, KK Nagar, Vadapalani, Kolathur, Tiruvottiyur and Ambattur had to bear the brunt.
“Since Sunday night, we have been facing power cuts varying from 30 minutes to two hours. Due to the scorching heat, the AC has become a must. Without it, the sweltering heat of the summer makes sleep impossible,” G Thyagarajan, a resident of the Lakshmipuram in Kolathur said.
Several consumers have taken to social media to express their ire over the power cuts. “We have had no power from 10 pm in IIT Colony, Pallikaranai. This is happening for the second day. Sleepless nights are affecting people and there is no proper response from TNEB assistant engineer,” Antony Bennet A, a consumer, tweeted. Most of them who tweeted had complained about the lack of response from the local Tangedco officials for their complaints.
Another consumer, Maruthi Dasan, tweeted: “Households are not even getting 170v till 3 am in the night. Will the government take any steps on this?” He tweeted tagging Avadi MLA and Minister Ma Foi K Pandiarajan.
A senior Tangedco official said that unlike the water shortage faced across the State, the power cuts were not due to the unavailability of power but because of the inadequacy in infrastructure.
“With the power demand crossing 3,600 MW, our distribution infrastructure has been pushed to its limits. In places, where the power distribution infrastructure did not keep pace with the growth of the locality they face power cuts. Most of the city’s power demand is driven by the use of air conditioners and tripping of transformers,” the official said, adding that steps would be taken to erect additional distribution transformers wherever required.