Loss of power, loss of face ??

In Bangalore, you know summer is round the corner when you come across these kind of news reports.

Several of the southern parts of the city will have no power supply between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday.

In fact, one should consider oneself lucky if advance notice of the kind above is known. Most often than not, you will experience, firsthand, an ‘unscheduled’ power cut a.k.a ‘load shedding’! Anyway.

I’m already dreading both the types – scheduled and unscheduled – during the oncoming summer nights! Combine the experience with bites from the new, improved and vastly powerful Aedes aegypti mosquito and you get the picture?!

Even more worrying is this report:

“The television set suddenly burst into flames ….. was shocked to see about half of the television turn molten even as the stabilizer went up in smoke.”

Make sure that palm fronds ( “…..BESCOM Executive Engineer … told The Hindu that the problem arose because a palm frond had fallen on the main line and caused shortcircuit.”) trees, kites, birds etc are not in the vicinity of your area because, apparently, they are the most likely culprits for surges, spikes and short circuits!!!! Mercifully, should you be a victim, you have the proverbial silver lining on that electrical cloud :

If there is a power surge in your house, make sure you turn off the main switch immediately. Then, notify the power authorities. Under the Karnataka Electricity Reforms Code, consumers whose appliances are damaged because of power fluctuation can claim compensation from the electricity companies.

Saving face does seem to matter with authorities, it seems?

1 Comment so far

  1. silkboard (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    That is a good pointer Ravi. Claim compensation any way you can. Force them to give better services, especially since they are a monopoly.

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