Power cuts irk techies working from home, take to Twitter to vent anger

Hyderabad: Frequent power cuts are causing inconvenience to techies who are working from home amid the Corona virus outbreak in the state. The techies took to Twitter to vent their and tagged the official page of Telangana State Southern Power distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) in their tweets.

Sandeep Rao, a techie who lives in Old Alwal’s Nagi Reddy colony, told NewsMeter, “The power cuts also hamper internet connections. I managed to work until the laptop battery ran out. I was connected to my mobile phone hotspot but the strength was weak and I could not connect to the office network. It has become difficult to work.”

His locality had a power cut on 16 March from 3 p.m to 8 p.m and later there were intermittent issues from 9 p.m, he said. As a response to his tweet the TSSPDCL said, “We regret for the inconvenience caused. 11 KV Balaji Rice Mill feeder is under maintenance work, supply will be restored in 2 hours (sic).”

“I had to send snapshots to my manager to prove that I was speaking the truth about the power outages,” Mr Rao said.

Like him many other techies took to Twitter. A Twitter account under the name of Suneetha K. tweeted, “@KTRTRS Sir, Our companies are allowing to do WFH, but we end up having power cuts from 12pm -5pm In what way this would be helpful to do WFH? When i call them and ask they just reluctantly reply u will get power in evening. This is not expected at this time. @TsspdclCorporat (sic)”. The TSSPDCL officials asked the user, who is from Gachibowli, to contact the assistant engineer of the locality.

Assistant engineer of Gachibowli, P. Venkanna, told Newsmeter, “There was a power cut yesterday (16 March) as the TRANSCO department is bringing a 220 KV line and the work was in progress. There was a power cut but only in two feeders, the APSB feeder and the Kendriya Vidyalaya feeder.”

Many like Sunnetha have taken to Twitter to complain about the power cuts.

 

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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