Power Cuts Cause Confusion and Trouble across the Board
-Shraddha Chaudhary, III Year, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
Uttar Pradesh has been hit by a wave of power cuts in several major cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra and so on. The power cut, it is alleged, was caused by outages in the power grids themselves, and the cause for concern was that even after several hours of intermittent power outages, the government was unable to restore the situation to some semblance of normalcy.
As a result, opposition political parties have once again aimed their guns at the Akhilesh Yadav government which seems to be facing one fiasco after another. It is notable however, that in terms of inconvenience, the protests have caused as much, if not more, trouble to the common man than the power outages themselves.
It is not merely U.P. that is facing constant power outages, however, since several tier one cities have also seen similar issues in the recent past. Most notably, recently, Mumbai faced several power cuts across the cities which severely affected day to day life and work. Hospitals could not conduct procedures while lights were out and power back ups also started failing across the city.
Power cuts are becoming an increasingly serious and threatening problem, with energy consumption increasing way more than production. When this impacts common areas such as roads and hospitals, the worst hit are the poor who usually visit government hospitals and are also located in residential areas which have a very poor and irregular supply of electricity. In light of this, it is essential that the centre and states together formulate a more energy efficient system of consumption, aimed at a more sustainable growth path.
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