Ghaziabad’s Vaishali residents recently faced 40 straight hrs of continuous power cut, with absolutely no help or information from the Ghaziabad electricity department or Govt.
If you are a resident of Ghaziabad, you will know very well that 8 to 10 hrs of power cuts during summer is quite natural. Almost everyone has got an inverter at home, to take care of these power cuts. But what happens when you get 40 straight hrs of power cuts!
At about 3 am on the morning of 18th May, fire broke out at Sector 5 power plant of Vaishali area in Ghaziabad. Subsequently, electricity went out. When the electricity did not return by morning, people started to get worried and went to the power station, to find the reasons. As usual, the Ghaziabad Electricity office bore a sad look with officials not ready to answer questions and no one really helping the irate locals.
The entire day went by, but electricity did not come. Many societies in Vaishali area started facing water problems. For the night, several families went to sleep at homes of friends or relatives who lived in near by areas. Those left had a terrible time sleeping, with mosquitoes and heat taking its toll. The electricity was finally restored at about 1.30 PM on 19th May, but even after that it was more of a cat and mouse game, with electricity coming and going every 30 min.
What’s more frustrating for locals is the way politicians behave in such situations. When there’s time to ask for votes, we see loudspeakers blaring all around singing praises. When there’s a crisis like today’s, why can’t the local MLA’s use a similar concept to inform the locals of exactly what the trouble is and sympathize with them? Why do they hide in their own comfortable homes when the locals who have voted them to power is facing the heat outside. Even apathy by local media is quite absurd. National dailies like Times of India did not even bother to come out with a news piece on this.
It’s high time people started to think of the representatives they choose. Quality of life in Vaishali hasn’t improved for last several years. With several malls coming up, it might look glitzy to live here, but the fact remains that Vaishali has loads of problems in living conditions like no waste disposal system, lot of power cuts, lot of mosquitoes and ill managed markets.