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Assignment No. 4
Group Discussion
Load shedding - Good or Bad ?

Introduction -
Load shedding is an intentionally-engineered electrical power outage. Rolling
blackouts are a last resort measure used by an electric utility company in order to
avoid a total blackout of the power system. They are usually in response to a situation
where the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply capability of the network.
Rolling blackouts may be localised to a specific part of the electricity network or may
be more widespread and affect entire countries and continents. Rolling blackouts
generally result from two causes: insufficient generation capacity or inadequate
transmission infrastructure to deliver sufficient power to the area where it is needed.
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Mohit: In 2004-05, electricity demand outstripped supply by 7-11%. Due to a chronic
shortage of electricity, power-cuts are common throughout India, adversely affecting
the country's potential for economic growth. Even in the nation's capital of New Delhi,
rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand
far outstrips supply. Rural areas are the most severely affected; it is common to have
power for the 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for
more than 12 hours each day

Rahul: Ok I understand that these kinds of problems occur for developing countries
like the our India, but the bad thing is I have not heard about any power project
announced by government which will help us reducing the load shedding in coming
years. So means conditions will get worse year by year.
Mirza: Getting rid of excess load on system. If there are 1000 people in a town,
running 1000 appliances, the power supplier may not be able to cope with this
demand. Hence the electric supply company will divide the town into 4 parts. They will
cut power periodically (let’s say everyday for 3 hrs) for each of the 4 parts

Sachin: I think it affects the student life a great deal. They cannot prepare for exams,
print stuff out, submit online assessments, do research and sharpen a pencil.

Ashish: Not just student but economy of India also suffers.


Dipak: Due to the lack of enough power, electricity is shut off for certain time periods
on a rotating basis. A part of the city may have the power now while another part is in
darkness. After a couple of hours people who did not have power will have it resumed
and those who had it, have theirs turned off. The cycle is repeated several times
during the 24 hours. Normally it is one hour on and then one hour off. In some areas it
may off more than on.

Mohit: Power shortages are a part of the INDIAN life. The load shedding is increasing
as there are more customers using it. Certainly it is going to have an effect on the
study habits of the students. But when you already know that you may not have
power in the evening when you want to do your homework etc. you have to take
corrective actions.

Rahul: India needs to invest in Solar energy cheap solar cells from neighboring China
won’t cost much.

Mirza: I don’t see how load shedding should affect student life .I mean when an
individual is inspired and wants to study by heart, no matter what the circumstances
are, they will study. Go outside and then study.

Ashish: But then I guess, I m being ignorant here, not everyone has a lawn or those
living in apt buildings won’t exactly be able to sit in their terrace and study.

Dipak: Think about it, these days most of the students are going through their
Matriculation exams, its almost 40+ Celsius in Vidarbha and we have load-shedding 6-
7 hours in a day, who would be able to focus on their studies in such heat and with no
appropriate light in the night.

Mohit: Again all the praise to lovely Govt we had in last decade, lack of proper
planning, no dams built, all the projects went down the drain, we have to suffer
another century now.
Rahul: Load shedding badly effects students' studies. Now its a routine here that
electricity goes off after every two hours for one hour this way they switch off power
for 7 to 8 hours daily.

Dipak: And when you know electricity came back for only two hours so u have
pressure to do work quickly and in panic nothing is done finally.

Mirza: So means conditions will get worse year by year.

Ashish: So, the Load-Shedding creates hardships for human.

Mohit: I think it affects the student life a great deal. They cannot prepare for exams,
print stuff out, submit online assessments, do research and sharpen a pencil. Not just
student but economy of India also suffers. Industries inside India should have
uninterrupted supply of power otherwise their conveyors stop, power looms and
countless other equipment is useless. Resulting in loss of revenue and productivity

Sachin: May God Help INDIA!!!