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Unscheduled Load Shedding Hits Parts of Hubballi, Inconveniencing Many

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In certain parts of Hubballi, residents have been grappling with unannounced load shedding, a situation that is increasingly frustrating for those affected. Frequent and prolonged power cuts have disrupted daily routines, impacting various segments of the population, particularly individuals working from home, students, and business owners.

For instance, Anand Nagar in Old Hubballi has been enduring frequent power cuts for the past week. On  Sunday (September 17), power went out at around 9 am and was not restored until 12 pm. Nearby areas like Padamaraj Nagar and Chaitnya Nagar had their power restored by 11:45 am, exacerbating the frustration of residents.

Poonam Adhoni, a resident of Chaitnya Nagar, expressed her dissatisfaction with the recurrent power interruptions. She recounted an incident where power went out on a Thursday (September 14) at 3 pm and was only restored after 10:30 pm, with a brief 10-minute respite around 6 pm.

Suresh, a resident of Unkal Sai Nagar, echoed the sentiments of many, stating that they are tired of the unpredictability of power cuts. The lack of a clear schedule for these cuts has left residents in the dark, both literally and figuratively. Some speculate that this situation may be linked to the provision of free electricity and reduced power generation due to drought conditions.

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Satish Deshpande, residing near Raj Nagar, shared similar concerns. He said that if the situation persists, the government might officially announce load shedding. He noted that the government’s provision of free power to households, coupled with reduced production and the cost of procuring electricity from other sources, could lead to financial strain, potentially necessitating official power cuts.

In contrast to these allegations, officials from the Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM) denied any wrongdoing. They explained that the power supply interruptions in areas like Shakti Nagar, Anand Nagar, and nearby regions were due to maintenance work. Specifically, staff from the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) were trimming tree branches that were interfering with power lines.

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