Members of the community said District Magistrate Roshan Jacob had written to state power officials on July 1 requesting for a fixed schedule of power cuts in the city.

Prominent city-based businessman Imran Siddiqui said, "Traders of the city are the main sufferers in this festive month due to undeclared power cuts and regular transformer faults. The markets remain powerless during peak business hours in the evening. We have to face up to 10-12 hours of power cuts."

“Muslims face problems in offering prayers and preparing their 'sehri' and 'iftar' meals," he added.

In view of the holy month of Ramzan, a roster was set for power outages which would have seen the supply being interrupted for four hours daily. However, locals are claiming that they are facing longer and more frequent outages.

Officials of the Power Department, however, said the requirement for electricity is more than the supply.

“The routine is for four hour of power cuts in the city but, if the frequency of the grid falls, we are bound to stop the supply,” the officials said.


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