Hyderabad: Old City will be a ‘no power cut zone’ during Ramzan month this year. Taking serious note of protests from political parties and religious groups on frequent power interruptions in the previous Ramzan months, the government is making necessary arrangements to ensure a round-the-clock power supply for domestic and commercial establishments in the Old City during the holy month.
In view of the increasing power consumption during Ramzan in Old City, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and APCPDCL took action and identified the areas where frequent interruption of power supply was reported in the previous Ramzan months. Saidabad, Old Malakpet, Tolichowki, Pathargatti, Gowlipura and Shah Ali Banda were among the places where regular power interruptions reported. Weak transformers and feeders and electric lines in congested areas which came in contact with trees were identified as reasons for interruption of power supply in these areas. “Both the GHMC and APCPDCL are working together to make Old City a no power cut zone during this holy month,” GHMC zonal commissioner (South Zone) L Vandan Kumar told TOI. He said chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had instructed the officials to provide uninterrupted power supply to Old City during Ramzan month.
As the GHMC and APCPDCL have already made arrangements to supply uninterrupted power to avoid inconvenience to people on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat and Bonalu festival in Old City in the next three days, he said a final meeting will be held with APCPDCL authorities to discuss necessary steps need to be taken to prevent power supply interruptions at Charminar and other important places in Old City where shops will be opened round the clock in Ramzan month.
Old street lights will also be replaced and lighting will be provided at all important mosques in the area.
He said the road repair works at Bahadurpura, leading to the Idgah Mir Alam, will be completed before the beginning of holy month. All pending road laying works will also be completed well before the onset of the holy month.
An emergency control room would be set up at the Sardar Mahal, where the GHMC South Zone was located, to monitor works. The APCPDCL would also set up a cell at Charminar to ensure uninterrupted power supply. Sanitary conditions will also be improved by clearing the garbage thrice a day during Ramzan, especially around the mosques in the Old City. TOI