Power Cuts and Politics

I’ve been in Madras for roughly a week, after coming back to the city, and there was power cut on three nights. I am wondering if this has got anything to do with the change of government. When the previous government was in place, there were far fewer power cuts, and if there was any power cut, it would last 6-8 hours. Being a power surplus state, one would expect far fewer cuts, but I remember far fewer cuts in the period 2001-2006.

Between 1996 and 2001, the most popular excuse for not doing homework was power cut. I remember using that excuse even if there was no power cut. Is the frequency of power cuts related to the party holding Fort St George? I wish I could gather data to do an analysis. Do others living in the vicinity of what I call old madras (areas populated before the IT boom) also share a similar feeling? My hunch is this difference, if any could be linked to the nature and magnitude of corruption. With MGR’s 10% system, one party could benefit from more development, whlie the other probably has other sources of income not linked to development. At the end of the day, it is personal financial gain which motivates our politicians to work

6 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    IT boom areas are new madras.. and george town would be old madras.

    TN is not so surplus anymore. There havent been any major power station annoucements apart from Kondankulam Nuclear which will be ready in the 2010’s, and with indutries booming in last 3-4 years.. you get the picture.

  2. Prem (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    Looks like a news item from Jaya TV !! :)

  3. beachsundal (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    I don’t know if it can be called coincidence but calling it due to govt. change is somthing I may disagree though I am a fan of the AIADMK govt. On the lighter side, some say that during DMK regime, the mango season is at its best and the seasonal rainfall is always at a deficit ;-)

  4. Navneeth (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    We had power cuts on three successive nights, or mornings I should say. It was bang in the middle of summer, when daytime temps. were touching 40. I think this happened about a month ago.

  5. kris (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    @TSK TSK
    could you provide statistics to prove that there would be no surplus power production in TN??

  6. ravi (unregistered) on June 29th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    Madras epoyime enaku Madras dhan.

    Nan pirkumbodhum Madras dhan sonanga.

    Nan valrumbodhum Madras dhan solit irrudanga.

    Nan savumbodhum enaku Madrasa dhan irukum.

    Ippo ellarum Chennai solranga, en Madras marendcha??

    Madras irundha kazlathilum tamizla Chennai dhan solvanga ana ippo Vuru pera mathitnga , yarum Madrasnu solradh illa.

    Sila yedatla(MMM,Madras Univ,IIT-Madras…en manesla) matum dhan parka mudiyadh,keka mudiyadh.

    en indha matram?? pazlasa avlo seekrum marakudadh frnds.

    Pazlas epoyeme inimiyandh, enaku chennai mela endha verupum illa ana adhuku Madras pera mathunma??

    Chennai Tamizl sendhtamizla?? Madras Tamizla Local Tamizla?? Yaru sonna, ellam ore Tamizla. makkal dhan maripoitanga,avange manasu dhan maripochu…. en vuru perium mathintanga.

    ippo varpora generationsku ella Chennai dhan therium, Madras illa.

    enku romba kastham irruku, nan vuyirvode irrukum bodhe ……..en vuru pera mathitanga, en en en??

    enanulum onnum seiya mudiyala, Life’s so frustrating………

    Lifela innum evlo asai irruku, like-

    An India without Politics,Boundaries,Politics….
    Pakistan re-uniting with India again.

    idhellam nadkuma therila ana atleast thrimbium Chennaiye Madrasa mathunum, ada en kadasi asai.

    Sindichi parunga…….

    Always Ur Frnd,

    Ravi Kumar
    [Always for Madras]

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