Thursday, July 24, 2008

And then there was light!


Most of the people in Padmanabhanagar, a neighbourhood in Bangalore where I live, say their Good Morning and Good Night, in the darkness -- not really because everybody follows the 'early to bed, early to rise' principle, but more so because this is how bad the power situation in Bangalore is.

The newspapers proclaimed four hour power cuts across Bangalore, as the monsoons had failed, and the dams not being full meant not enough power for the city. But in Padmanabhanagar, we have power only for around four hours a day. Trust me... I drew up this power cut schedule from the past few days:

The first power cut of the day is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., followed by...
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Please note that the power cuts are also at the most inconvenient of times!

Why is it that we are suffering such large power cuts, when the rest of Bangalore experiences only 4 hrs or less of power outage? If rumours are true, it is because Padmanabhanagar is Devegowda’s “area” – housing his petrol bunk, hospital as well as homes of his closest kin... and obviously Devegowda is not particularly liked by the current Government.

Well, the monsoons I understand, and the four hours I’m prepared to accept as a price to pay for the damage we’ve caused to nature through modernisation... but from the wrath of the politicians, who will save us! If the rumours are true and we are afflicted by excess power cuts just because we live near Devegowda’s fort, it makes me wonder... we are the ones affected by this, not him... I’m sure he has heavy duty generators running on all his properties! How does it matter to him whether or not the lights burn in our homes?

Thankfully the Sun God does his job reasonably well, or we'd be in the dark for most part of the day too!

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