Nightmares on Power cut timings!

The state government has resorted to unscheduled load-sheddings in several parts of the state on the pretext of carrying out maintenance works and upgradation in the last two weeks, but has met with harsh response. The timing of power cut is proving nightmarish to chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and his power minister-brother H D Revanna these days.
With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 being held along the same time of state and central board examinations, authorities are having a harrowing time trying to figure out which is the ideal time for resorting to load shedding. Says the Report…

Why is it tricky?

>> If there is load-shedding during day, the industry will cry foul stating that it will affect their productivity.

>> If there are power cuts during evenings or early mornings, lakhs of students and their parents will start cursing. While the CBSE exams will start on March 1 and end on April 10, SSLC exams will be held from March 21 to 28 and PUC exams between March 29 and April 16. A total of 8.14 lakh students will appear for the SSLC exams and 4.9 lakh for PUC exams.

>> If there is a power shutdown around midnight, the cricket-crazy fans will go on the rampage. The World Cup cricket will formally commence on March 13. The matches will be telecast live between 7 pm and 3 am — lakhs of people are expected to be glued to their television sets during these nights.

Oh, so it is obvious that there is no ‘set’ criteria and our elected wisdom will try and work out something that will always have a legitimate explanation…if the industries are hurt they will say it was to protect the students …If the cuts are in the evening they can say that they are protecting productivity and state revenues etc…tricky isn’t it?

4 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    Think it should be the cricket lovers who will have to settle for some canned retelecast later in day time?

  2. Kishore Murthy (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    Looks like those who are badly affected should just go an invest in a generator/invertor, if they can afford it… as there seems to be no easy solution for the Governement. Load shedding is going to happen, atleast we can plan for it if its scheduled. And the Government has no choice but to listen to the angry people… since no matter what they try and do its going to affect someone or the other.

  3. Kishor (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    What is more worrisome is cricket in the time of exams…many LBWs in the offing I guess!!!

  4. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    Good idea kishore

    I checked it out… an UPS which runs for 3.5 hours and runs 3 tubelights and 2 fans is costing close to 15 thousand… dont know how many can afford it.

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