City sheds tears over power crisis

And at 7 pm, even as the by-now ubiquitous mosquitoes feast on him, the thought of moving in was not setting in his mind. Reason: “...having a wash and changing in dark is unappealing.” Added to this was having to go through the drudgery of swallowing dinner without television, followed by a sleepless night. “The next day, my colleagues were frowning on my rotten mood!”

This is the experience posted by an unnamed Bangalorean on virtualbangalore.com under the title ‘Banging It Out’.

This might be one person’s tale, but not many Bangaloreans, who are reeling under a power crisis, will have a divergent opinion.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Ulsoor said: “I return home after my night shift to an oven of a house. There has not been power in the mornings for the last three to five days and I end up going back to my shift with sleepy eyes.”

Rajesh’s situation, working as a private security guard, is amplified by the fact that he lives in a house with asbestos sheet, filled with mosquitoes.

Rajalakshmi, a homemaker from Gorguntepalya, says: “At least, if the power cuts are scheduled one can plan the day. But the unscheduled power cuts make it increasingly difficult. Yesterday there was no power between 8 am and 11 am, so I woke up at 6 am to cook breakfast for my son. But, it was pointless as the power went off from 6.10 am to 8.40 am.”

Life is not easy even for those with generators or UPS systems. While the UPS can extend basic support only for a few hours, running generators, with prices of fuels at the current rate, is something many are not going for.

Even the industries in the City are struggling. Sources in the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said over 4,500 industries in Peenya alone are incurring losses running into crores.

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