Electricity crisis in Chandigarh: The power supply in parts of Chandigarh will be restored soon after more than 36 hours of major disruption. There were major outages across the city since Monday night after employees of the electricity department launched a 3-day strike to protest against privatisation.
Reportedly, the decision to restore the power supply in Chandigarh was taken after an agreement was reached between the Administration and electricity department employees. The decision regarding the restoration of power supply comes in view of the agreement between the administration and the employees besides bad weather conditions.
The employees of the electricity department went on a strike on Monday night leading to disruptions in power supply at several places. The city witnessed a blackout.
Meanwhile, the President of the union Dhian Singh said that they were protesting against the UT Chandigarh administration's decision regarding the privatisation of the electricity department.
The protesting employees were feared that their service conditions would change if the electricity department was privatised. Also, they were feared that it could also lead to a rise in power tariffs.
Following the protests, the Chandigarh administration enforced the Essential Services Maintenance Act, banning strikes by the electricity department for six months. The outage forced government hospitals in the UT to reschedule elective surgeries, besides adversely affecting residential, industrial, and commercial areas in the city.
Though the Chandigarh administration officials claimed necessary arrangements were being made to maintain continuity of power supply, the residents and traders complained of outages.
Online classes of students were also affected while some coaching institutes suspended classes for the day because of power outages.
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