Ujjain : Burning out of the electronic equipment has become order of the day for the resident of the city. Smoke rises from the refrigerator and the television screen turns black as voltage fluctuation burn holes in the pockets of the residents.
For the past a month, it’s been the same story. The residents sit in front of the television set, involved in their favorite shows, when all of a sudden the spike in current damages the appliance purchased by the sweat of their brow. Last week my refrigerator was damaged because of the erratic power supply and the mechanic is demanding a lot of money to repair it, asserts Satish Tiwari, a resident of the Jawahar Nagar. He had bought that refrigerator second-hand for Rs 4500. His neighbour has a similar tale to narrate, who lost a water pump due to sudden rise in the voltage. This is not all. The residents of old city areas are getting low voltage every evening. Villagers allege that they are forced to have sleepless, night after night, as the voltage is not sufficient to run fans at maximum speeds, in the season when mosquitos have field day.
The denizens complain that the discom gives a deaf ear to their complaints. I have given many applications to get my meter changed, which is giving false readings every month, but they did not respond, said Chintu, resident of Dusshera Maidan. It is very difficult to lodge a complaint on the telephone as most of the time they keep the receiver off the hook, he said. The residents complain that the bills they receive are also without a proper meter reading and the company workers who claim to photograph the meter reading, just pass the buck by clicking a picture of the meters from distances where the reading is not visible.