Without street lights, it is scary and dangerous to walk at night in Dhkoli

Without street lights, it is scary and dangerous to walk at night

Dark streets and hide and seek of power supply have been plaguing the residents of Guru Nanak Nagar in Dhakoli of Zirakpur for past five summers. Complaints to the electricity department also could not bring any relief to the residents till date.

With the announcement of 66 KV project at Baltana, residents had hoped to finally ward off their long-pending problem this season. However, there hopes were dashed as the situation worsened after the work of the new infrastructure started in the area.

The residents said a fire broke out in a transformer three days ago. It was installed just last year. Tthe authorities acted upon it and got it repaired, only after a complaint was placed.

Residents complained the streets of the area generally remains dark due to the defunct streetlights. The commuters do not feel safe going out for a walk after sundown. The unscheduled power cuts also irk the residents making them spend almost four to five hours without electricity daily during the sultry summer season.

When enquired, power department staffers seem clueless about when and how the power supply would be restored.

From past one year the residents of the area are struggling to get the streetlights repaired. They keep on posting complaints but all in vain. Residents alleged that a bunch of wires is spread all over the area which is not only posing threat to their lives, but is also affecting the power supply in the area.

In fact, the poles installed in the area are tilted. A transformer here is also in bad shape. It has not been repaired by the department even after a number of reminders.

N S Rangi, executive engineer, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said the department resolved the problem of fluctuation immediately after a complaint was received. The maintenance of the transformers is also on our priority.
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