Chandigarh Blackout: City Powerless For 36 hr, Water Supply & Hospitals Hit
"This has impacted telecom towers, which is leading to disruption in mobile network connectivity in impacted areas. Telecom operators and infrastructure providers are taking all measures to power their sites, exchanges by using alternate sources batteries, DGs, solar panels etc. in the absence of EB supply in some areas," SP Kochhar, Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India, said. "Due to the ongoing electricity crisis in Chandigarh, telecom services are badly impacted in all the areas of UT and nearby states. Telecom towers in Chandigarh are fully dependent on the electric grid supply," the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) said in a statement, while warning that delay in resolution of crisis could impact network connectivity in a big way. Chandigarh Health Services Director Dr. Suman Singh said, “We have a backup plan like we have generators. But you cannot put 100 per cent load of a hospital on a generator. So, we had to reschedule or postpone our planned surgeries." Reasons and Demands of Electricity Department Workers Strike The employees from the electricity department went on a strike on Monday night against Chandigarh’s administration decision to privatize the electricity department. The employees fear that the privatization carried out by the department will change in their service conditions and make it worsen for them, along with higher power tariffs for city residents. The employee union have come out in support of the power men who started the strike on the midnight of February 21st. Apart from this Anganwadi workers have also been protesting in Delhi since January 31st demanding payment of pending wages and better working conditions. The Anganwadi women workers raised “Khabardar” (warning) to PM Narendra Modi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
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