Maddox Square – Ballygunge Durga Puja Samiti -- will be the highest electricity consumer this Durga Puja. The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) released the list of applied load in which Maddox Square topped the chart with taking the load of 370 Kilo Volt (KV). Batanagar New Land Durga Puja Committee had applied for 320 KV load, followed by Ballygunge Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samiti with 160 KV of electricity load.
The famous pujas – Md Ali Park youth association, Naktala Udayan Sangha, Suruchi Sangha and Ballygunge Caltural Association are ranked at 4 to 7 in the chart respectively. Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha, Jodhpur Park, College Square, Behala Friends and Shree Bhumi Sporting Club Sharadotsav are placed 8 to 12 in the list respectively.
The electricity load is required to illuminate the Puja pandals and grounds. But the puja organisers generally require illumination as per their theme.
The Maddox Square is an example of the conventional Durga Puja. They create great atmosphere where people from every age group come and enjoy. They spent hours at the ground. This could be the reason for their high applied load, the CESC officials believe.
“A nodal officer has been assigned for each Puja organiser to help them through the entire process, from application to new connection. There will be special facilities for regular communication with Puja pandal organisers,” said Abhijit Ghosh, Vice President -- Distribution Service, CESC. He added that Preventive maintenance of the CESC distribution network has been carried out to prevent failures during the Puja days.
The company’s smart network facilitates quick restoration of supply. There will be 200 CESC emergency vans, fitted with mobile phone which will patrol day and night. They will also provide repair and restoration facilities, if needed. “More than 100 repair teams will remain on duty at strategic locations to meet emergencies. The special control room will remain open where the senior officers will be present round the clock,” said Ghosh.
Two help-lines: 9831079666 and 9831083700 have been created for any emergency communication. The total power demand from Puja pandals last year was 4.37 million units. This year, this is expected to increase, although CESC is encouraging Puja organisers to use LEDs.