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Protests in cities, complaints on Twitter as power cuts sting residents amid rising heat

Temperatures across Indian cities have risen dramatically and power cuts are adding to residents’ woes.

April 29, 2022 / 01:24 PM IST
Summer temperatures are increasingly alarmingly in India.

Summer temperatures are increasingly alarmingly in India.

India is witnessing record temperatures this summer and long power cuts across states are making matters worse. Protest have erupted in several cities against interruptions in electricity supply.

In Punjab’s Hoshiarpur city, farmers blocked roads on Wednesday in protest against the power supply situation, news agency PTI reported. People in the state are struggling with power cuts lasting up to five hours per day.

There is some sliver of hope as a unit of the thermal plant in Rupnagar, which was shut for a month for maintenance, resumed operations on Thursday, The Tribune newspaper reported.

In Jammu and Kashmir also, residents reeling under power cuts staged demonstrations. They say officials are unbothered about their grievances.

“This is first time we are witnessing such a scenario in Kashmir,” Tariq Mughloo, the vice-president of Kashmir Economic Alliance, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.  “They (the government) say that the situation is due to shortage of coal and less supply. Why don’t they operate gas turbines? Power cuts have impacted the businessmen and industrial unit holders. This crisis has now entered in its third week.”

Residents in other cities took to Twitter to express frustration over long power cuts.

"We are facing power cuts daily for 5-6 hrs in Palam Vihar Gurugram," said a user named Hemant Juyal. "At times more than that. Its really irritating. Whom to complain, no one is there to listen." 

A Twitter user from Haryana said: "I am living in Rohtak Janta colony. We are facing lots of electricity cuts and  low voltage power in our area. Will there be any solution to this?" 

A resident of Rajasthan said he had no electricity from 6 am to 9 am every day.  "Definitely wakes you up early no matter how late you go to bed."

Here are more tweets on power cuts:


(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Apr 29, 2022 01:09 pm