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Sleepless in NCR: Lack of power plays havoc on health


Prolonged power cuts have now started playing havoc on physical as well as mental health of the people in the National Capital Region (NCR). Problems such as loss of sleep, stress, headache, irritable behaviour and in some cases depression are some of the side effects of the disruptions.


 The desperation has reached such levels that people in Gurgaon — where 12-14 hour power cuts have become a norm - are resorting to spend nights in their cars with air-conditioners on. It not only leaves them with a high fuel bill but also expose them to the danger of suffocation in the vehicle.


The power back-up systems such as an inverter have given up on the frequent and long cuts in Ghaziabad and the gensets have started to cave in under overload. Several housing societies in Ghaziabad — Amrapali Village, for instance — have hired or bought new diesel genset sets. But when even gensets fail, families come out on the road during the night.


While Ghaziabad is witnessing 12-14 hours of cuts, Noida is deprived of supply for as much as eight hours a day. But even going out is fraught with danger in Noida. Despite power cuts at night, residents cannot come out to beat the sweltering heat for the fear of stray dogs. Several cases of dog bites have been reported in the recent past. 


Sanjeev Shrivastav, a resident of Shipra Sun City, Indirapuram (Ghaziabad), said, "We stay awake for the whole night. Our whole routine has gone haywire."


"After a terrible night, you spend the entire day with irritation, headache, and body pain. I cannot concentrate on the lectures," said Srinivas, a college-going student and a resident of Shipra Krishna Vista, Indirapuram. 


"Sleep-deprived people tend to feel drowsy. They lose cool easily," said Dr MS Kanwar, founder, Apollo Sleep Disorder Institute.


"Loss of sleep can also lead to depression," said Dr Mrinal Sircar, additional director, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Noida.


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