Fre­quent power dis­rup­tion af­fects busi­ness in Phuentshol­ing

Business Bhutan - - Money - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

Busi­nesses in Phuentshol­ing have been hit by the re­cent power dis­rup­tions this week. The busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties and the res­i­dents have been irked for the past few days.

They have re­ported loss with­out any work due to ab­sence of elec­tric­ity. Most of the works are dig­i­tized, even the daily sale records are now done on com­put­ers.

The busi­nesses along Gol build­ing and Deli lane and lower mar­ket ar­eas have been fac­ing the power cut. The other ar­eas have not ex­pe­ri­enced fre­quent dis­rup­tions. “I feel that BPC (Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion) should not take the is­sue for granted. We have suf­fered in the heat,” said Gado, who runs an in­ter­net café in town. He kept his shop closed dur­ing the black­out. The area was left with­out power from Sun­day till Tues­day. Gado used to earn around Nu 1,500 per day. In­ter­net cafes can­not func­tion with­out elec­tric­ity as all its ser­vices are elec­tric­ity based. He of­fers down­load­ing, scan­ning and pho­to­copy ser­vices.

Like­wise restau­rants and ho­tels are the other en­ti­ties have also faced losses with­out elec­tric­ity. Since most of the cook­ing in ho­tels and restau­rants are done us­ing elec­tric­ity, they could not of­fer food to the cus­tomers. “We could only man­age us­ing Liq­ue­fied Pe­tro­leum Gas (LPG) some­how,” a restau­rant owner in Phuentshol­ing said. Also, un­able to with­stand the heat in­side with­out fans, the hote­liers said that they lost cus­tomers, who pre­ferred to go to other lo­ca­tions.

A telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion dis­trib­u­tor also said that they could not pro­vide ef­fi­cient ser­vices un­like other days. “We have to en­ter data and it re­quires a copy of the Cit­i­zen­ship Iden­tity card which can’t be done with­out elec­tric­ity. We re­quest BPC to make nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for sim­i­lar mishaps in the fu­ture,” said Karma, the owner of Ugyen Broth­ers.

A hote­lier along Dek­il­ing said that the ho­tel has re­mained with­out cus­tomers for three days los­ing around Nu 40,000. “BPC shuts down the trans­former with­out prior in­for­ma­tion to the peo­ple. Oth­er­wise, we could have man­aged,” said SB Mon­ger, Man­ager at Yuzu Ho­tel.

Mean­while, the res­i­dents say that BPC should work ef­fec­tively to avoid fu­ture in­con­ve­niences in big towns and cities. They say that prior no­ti­fi­ca­tion could also avoid los­ing data from the com­put­ers. “Since ev­ery ac­tiv­ity to­day is dig­i­tized, such shut­down would lose in­for­ma­tion while work­ing. Prior in­for­ma­tion could save such mishap,” a pri­vate em­ployee said.

BPC has how­ever re­stored the power sup­ply from the trans­former and added 500k trans­former to the ex­ist­ing one. Now, they have 1,400KV sup­ply to the town.

BPCs Re­gional Direc­tor said that the elec­tri­cal en­gi­neers from Gairkata, In­dia to re­pair trans­former. Af­ter as­sess­ing the dam­age, BPC will re­pair. “The prob­lem is solved and will be fixed,” Karma Wangchuk said.

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