Rajshahi people suffering from load-shedding, water shortage
Published : Friday, 8 June, 2018 at 6:00 PM Count : 1019
Since the beginning of summer season, the people of Rajshahi city are suffering from load-shedding.
There is no electricity at different parts of the city. Supply-water is not available because there is no electricity to run the water pumps. So, the city dwellers are suffering due to electricity crisis as well as water shortage in this hot summer.
According to the Rajshahi Meteorological Office, the highest temperature recorded on Thursday was 37.5 degrees Celsius and minimum 27.4 degrees Celsius.
A source in the Rajshahi power distribution office says currently the city has a demand of 115 megawatts of electricity. But due to mechanical problem with the transmission line and transformer, electricity flow is being interrupted.
Neglecting the rules, the use of AC is increasing in the city creating additional pressure on electricity. Due to the load-shedding, peoples are suffering from drinking water crisis which also affecting bathing, household work and many other activities.
Although electricity production capacity increased in the country, the distribution system was not developed. As a result, people are not getting the full benefits of electricity production. Electricity cannot be supplied at customer level due to weakness and lack of upgrading of sub-stations.
The number of electric transformers going out of order is increasing day by day. On average, 3,000 transformers are burnt or damaged every month.
When electricity demand increases in the hot season, substation and transformers are overloaded receiving more power at the transmission and distribution stage.
Overloaded substations and transformers get down or disabled time and again, resulting in load shedding. The state spends a huge amount of money to repair or replace them.
Despite the increase in the power production, weaknesses in power supply and distribution system, and the increased demand from the people contribute to power crisis.