Frequent power cuts in Triplicane

Over the last one month, power cuts have been frequent where I live in Triplicane. The building where I live on the Triplicane High Road has a three-phase power connection but lacks the facility to switch between phases. At least once a day, power goes off on the second floor, where my bedroom is even when there is power in the first floor. This can happen at any time during the day or night.

I have called the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board twice over this. To their credit, the person(s) coming on the phone are always courteous. The electricity is restored within an hour or two usually anyway, call or no call. But why does the TNEB need to disconnect power supply for such short periods, that too on one phase so frequently?
At first, there were guys who were digging up the road in front of the building. (They seem to be digging up the entire city, don’t they?) They worked for well over two weeks and we all presumed that this was why the power was being disconnected. But now those workers have left, seemingly for good. But power continues to be cut.
I am told that is also a frequent phenomenon in many parts of the city, particularly the suburbs. For those with a single phase connection like many of us are the problem is even worse.
For many in the city, this is not a big problem. We tend to look at power cuts as a non-issue, a minor irritant that must be suffered. However, when I lose sleep early in the morning like now over a power cut, I tend to get more than a little irritated.

30 Comments so far

  1. agedMadrasi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:21 am

    ever heard of wind & solar energy ?
    You can sleep well at all times day or nite.

    So, what else is new in Chennai ?
    Incompetence, Corruption, disease,
    bad customer service, chaotic traffic,
    journalists with attitude, politicians
    with mustache, without mustache, bad movies,
    good theaters with bad parking, lovers
    with no training in kissing, beach with garbage,
    highwaymen as ‘putt_putt’ drivers, Aliens who
    want to be Madrasis and Madrasi’s who want to
    be anyone other than Indians..

    Where else I can experience this in this world ?
    Only in!!!

    I want to know more…

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    actually, u can experience this nowhere else!

    about knowing more, well, you just have to ask.

  3. Pavithra (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    Ah, power-cuts galore. Has happened around Nungambakkam too. And one day at work (in Adyar) we had those sporadic phases when it come and goes. But that was in the day. It’s worse when it’s at night and I spend the hours tossing and turning. Ugh. It’s a part of life in Chennai, though. :)

  4. Ram (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:05 am

    Nandhu I am disgusted by your actions you want to protect Mr Ghosh who crawled out of a hole in Bengal and decided to come here. Just like the Marwaris who crawled out of Rajashtan and came here. There should be restriction put on who comes into Chennai we don’t want too many Jhatkas and Goltis coming in. It will ruin this city if we are unable to maintain Tamil here, because of ignorant Tamilians living in Chennai.

  5. Vishal (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    Nandhu you are an ignorant person you are a traitor to the Tamil race, who should be kicked out of Chennai. Its people like you that will make Chennai lose its identity. I thought you would be Pro Tamil not anti Tamil maybe you should change your name to Mandeep Singh and wear a turban if you aren’t proud to be Tamil.

  6. Arul (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Chennai stinks the place has lost its indentity truly the children and people living there are confused souls. Who don’t know what they are or what there identity is, it is the only Indian city that suffers from this. I have been to Mumbai, Delhi the youth there are proud to speak and learn there mothertounge however this is not the case in Chennai. Why are people so ashamed about there indentity and language in Chennai i will never know.

  7. Surya (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:17 am

    People like you Nandhu should be punished for your actions for being a traitor why don’t you go live in Rajasthan or something see how you fit in there maybe that would be better for you. You can play that silly game Holi with the camels in the desert there perhaps what do you think about that Nandhu? I am willing to pay to relocate you.

  8. anand (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    There should be strict immigration restrictions on entry into Chennai there are too many non Tamilians here. Big problem I think more Tamils should be brought from interior regions of TN to even out numbers and get rid of all this Hindi bullshit and Madras bashai that youngsters talk here. Madras bashai stinks its the worst language in the world it shows just how confused Tamilians are here. They mix all this rubbish into a beautiful language like Tamil.

  9. dhanush (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:37 am

    I agree with Anand Chennaities are a bunch of losers who are not satisfied with themselves they feel the need to welcome everyone here. Just to remind you you will not be given the same courtesy when you leave TN. That is why Chennai doesn’t get much respect compared to other metros because people are too confused and ashamed of there indentity.

  10. agedmadrasi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    Ah! Tanku,Tanku..
    responding so quickly..Truly amazing
    adding to my list…
    Tamil racists, Tamil ignoramious,Tamil loosers ..
    Tamils with non-Tamil names..
    No to Holi Camels, Yes to Pongal Bulls ..
    Confused people, Ashamed people ..
    Gujarat haters, Rajasthan haters, Bengali haters..
    people who toss and turn in sync to compensate
    for 220v power cycle..
    stinking chennai ….

    I know there is more..Come on down..push, pull, tow or shoulder your garbage…there is still room

    only at…

  11. Mehak (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Good to see how people from India have to face this state discrimation in our own Country…

    this has nothing to do with the post…

    Vishal ur comments STINKS BIG TIME “I thought you would be Pro Tamil not anti Tamil maybe you should change your name to Mandeep Singh and wear a turban if you aren’t proud to be Tamil.”

    PLS DONT BRING RELIGION specific posts/comments

  12. Navneeth (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    Now, that’s what I call Multiple Personality Disorder (Extreme Disorder, maybe)! :D

    Request to all the bloggers: Why not just ban the IP address(es) of these ________?

  13. nandhu (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

    i would like to tell the commentators to stick as far as possible to comments related to the post?
    tamil identity is not a subject discussed here. the subject here is power cuts in the city. any comments on that?

  14. Mehak (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

    yeah thats what Nandhu…& ppl are bringing in turbans & Rajasthan…..shucks

  15. suppamani (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

    You are lucky; atleast the MES people are coming on the lines and answering to you. But their usual habit in general in Chennai City is mmediately on getting the first cokmplaint about non availability of power is to put the telephone receiver out of telephone and keep the telephone engaged till the power resumes; I have seen this by my eyes several times by had been to MES power stations in person severl times; If you want a permanent solution you as journalist try to make use of your power to rectify the defect permanently or lead a road racko at Triplicane High Road, the busisest road; then your picture would be published in next days dailies with the relevant higher authorities; sweet promises would be offerred by them and if you are giving an ultimate time period and again announced for a second road roko the permanent solutions would also become; by this whether you are a real tamilian or not you can even become the counciler of the said ward and makes money in crores by taking shares from the relevant MES and corporation contracts ; wish you the best relief so soon; with regards

  16. R.S.Money (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    I think, employed and getting remunerations are not resdtricted from contesting the counciler election; try your luck in the forthcoming election.

  17. nandhu (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    i say there is no power at home and u are asking me to contest elections!!

  18. suppamani (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

    by coming to “POWER” you can have “POWER” at your home and any where , whenever you want;

  19. hopikrishnan (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 3:07 am

    now then, what is a phase ?

  20. vishal (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 7:36 am

    Mehak obviously you have been offended but I don’t see why. Why are you so intent on defending Paju’s I made no religious reference I was just stating a fact. You are another lost soul residing in Chennai trying to be Indian and get accepted by the whole of India got news for you buddy its never going to happen.

  21. arul (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    Listen agedmadrasi so you love all these Rajasthanis, Gujus and Bengalis do you. When you are not around them do you know what they think about you. Damm people like you just don’t get it do you, always defending other never your own people shame of you.

  22. Mehak (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 10:14 am

    @Vishal….Dude to seem to be lost here….Well as long as we have ppl like you in INDIA ….nothings gonna happen…

  23. vishal (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Hey Me-hak, why are you getting upset just because I am speaking the truth what’s this got to do with progress. Do you think bringing more North Indians into Chennai is going to help it develop, I don’t think. These are people who come here because there own state has nothing just opening up a pawn shown in a small alley is not going to help Chennai develop Me-Hak. U suck big time.

  24. siva (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    Aged Madarasi if you can even be called that you sound like a traitor to your own people. What he is saying is not garbage but the truth which no person from Chennai wants to accept. Tamil culture will be eroded away in another ten years because of people like you. I am not against people coming here but Chennai takes it overboards by welcoming anyone and accepting there customs and forgetting your own. In India this is the only city where you can see this, then again thats why Chennai is the joke of India and so are Tamilians because of this attitude.

  25. shankar (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

    Wake up everybody Chennai is a big shit hole and you are all lucky enought to live in it, with confused so called Tamilians being the majority who speak Madras Bashai. Or otherwise know as absolute crap bashai which no one from other parts of TN or Tamilians from other countires can understand. Nothing to be proud of in Chennai.

  26. Mehak (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm


    keep it up dude..

    this shows ur attitude…calling names & stuff…

  27. baskar (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    Mehak sound like a real loser very funny that the power went out in your area, you name says it all you hack.

  28. nandhu (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    i must make another request to you guys to refrain from personal attacks and stick to what the post is about.
    and guys who are at the receiving end of this, well, sorry. hope ur experience of the site is not marred by these irrelevant comments.

  29. hopikrishnan (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    I wonder if electricity is preferentially cut in certain phases when the receipient’s culture and language is out of sync with that phase ? How is that for getting back to context, eh ?

  30. Hello (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    I’m surprised that Chennai Metblogs doesn’t use the comment moderation feature. See what you’ve done – idiots are having a field day.

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