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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Power Cuts


The heading seems so common, isn't it? That's because nothing's new in Pune, except for the old to be back in action with renewed vigour.

Power cuts are Pune's bane. There's a scheduled 14-hour power cut per week with a fixed time of 8 to 10 in the morning for 4 days and 5 to 7 in the evening for the other 3 days. However, there's no limit to load shedding. The lights go off without fail from 8 to 10 in office and again there are power cuts in the afternoon and evening.

Today there was no electricity at home from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. It's so frustrating - potholed roads (try COEP signal to Sangam bridge without streetlights), no streetlights, and coming home to a power cut. If the PMC waits for a week without rains to repair the roads, they won't be getting it till next month.

Why can't our government, wherever the hell it is-central, state, regional, or local provide us with roads and electricity? Why do we vote? Should we vote at all?