The Jusco office in Northern Town on Saturday. (Bhola Prasad)
Jamshedpur, June 9: Civic amenities provider Jusco will embark on an awareness drive later this month to check power cuts due to increased load in the domestic sector.
With the sweltering heat leading to an all-time high use of air coolers, air-conditioners and electrical appliances amongst domestic consumers, frequent power cuts in Jusco supply areas of the city have become common.
The town electrical officials said lack of awareness amongst domestic consumers to apply for augmentation of power requirements in their respective houses was the biggest factor responsible for this trend this year.
Jusco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, has around 40,000 domestic power consumers in the steel city.
It supplies power provided by Tata Power to consumers.
On an average there are around 45 complaints daily from different localities of power tripping due to overheating and excessive load. It takes between half an hour to two hours to repair the faults and restore supply.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Jusco official Manmohan Singh said after consultation with senior officials they would start the campaign through advertisements and bill boards.
“We want to encourage and motivate people to come forward and apply for augmentation of power requirement at our office,” he said.
Usually, for 1.5 tonne air conditioners (window and split), 1.7KW to 2KW electricity is required.
Some of the pockets where maximum loads have been reported from this summer are Sitaramdera, Golmuri, Baradwari, Kasidih, Sakchi and Kadma. The Jusco official said after receiving applications for increased power requirement, Jusco town electrical personnel will conduct a survey and prepare an estimate on requirement and power availability.
“Usually, the additional power requirement of a consumer is met within 25 days,” said Singh.