Reported by Sandeep Pattnaik
Bhubaneswar, May 26:
People in Odisha’s capital city are peeved over the negligence by CESU in the replacement and renovation of old transformers and wires that has led to frequent power cuts with low-voltage problems in most part of Bhubaneswar during peak summer.
Although as many as 17,934 new consumers have been added in the three CESU divisions in the city over the last one year, the department has not upgraded the infrastructure to meet the rise in the demand for power, keeping in view the extra load during the summer.
It is to be noted that, the peak demand has increased to about 318 MW this year compared to 245 MW during summer last year.
According to a Government report, number of consumers has risen in the three divisions under CESU i.e. BCDD-1, BCDD-2 and BED. At present there are 51.538 consumers under BCDD-1 division while it was 49,997 in 2013. Similarly under the BCDD-2 division, number of consumers has increased from 92,800 to 1, 02,495 this year. Under BED division, there are 82,202 consumers this year, while it was 76,204 last year, the report said.
Barring a few VIP areas in the city like Nayapalli, Vani Vihar, Master Canteen and Sahid Nagar all other parts of the city are prone to frequent power cut and low-voltage problem, locals alleged.
There are instances of public anger over the power issues leading to violence and ransacking of the CESU office at many places in the city. People in the affected areas have alleged that the CESU as well as the Energy department are giving preferential treatment to the VVIPS at the cost of the common man.
However, Sukant Swain, a CESU official said, “The power consumption during 12 pm in the day to 12 pm in the night has been so high this year that, we are helpless when it comes to dealing with issues of power cut and low-voltage in the city,despite putting in all possible efforts,”