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Load sheddings in UP for more than 13 hours a day

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Load sheddingAbout 60 kms from UP's glittering capital Lucknow is - Vishnupur village - one of the many centers where the State's famous chikan embroidery is produced. As the sun sets in the village, homes light up the way they would have 60 years ago. A picture that stitches together the story of India's powerless villages.

There are 13 hours of scheduled power cuts - as compared to two-four hours in urban areas and that is ofcourse on paper - the situation on the ground is much worse .

And the picture isn't exactly bright in UP's cities either. Kanpur, once known as the Manchester of the East, faces power outages that range from six to eight hours daily - markets hum with the sound of generators through the day and most production units have their own transformers. This despite a seperate industrial feeder that is supposed to ensure round the clock power.

Indian Industry Association Regional Secretary Sunil Vasya said, "Even a minute of power cut and losses are huge. Almost Rs 15-20 crore per hour is at stake, so every day loss is some Rs 60 crore because of irregular power."

The sense of crisis is somehow not conveyed in the hi-tech systems of UP's Power Corporation - the State's monthly demand for electricity is 10,000 mgw and the supply 8800 mgw. To bridge the gap the State says it is buying Rs 14.5 crore worth of extra power every day - and that there's been a 21 per cent increase in power aquisition over the last one year.

Chief minister Mayawati best not ignore ahead of the big elections next year. Tamil Nadu has already shown us how a powerless electorate can upset power equations within the state and beyond.

Source - IBNlive


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