Lucknow: In a bid to tackle power crisis in the state, the UP Power Corporation Limited has imposed a ban on using decorative lights, neon signs and display boards during peak hours.
“The UPPCL had earlier forwarded a proposal to the UP State Electricity Regulatory Commission seeking its approval to impose restrictions on use of air conditioners for all categories of consumers and decorative lights, which was approved yesterday,” a senior corporation officer said.
He said that following UPSERC’s approval a formal order had been issued by the UPPCL on this.
“According to the order, use of decorative lights including neon signs, heater for cooking food and geysers would not be allowed between 8 pm and 6 am. A penalty of Rs 500 would be imposed in the case of violation,” the official said.
The order will cover all government and private offices, factories and business establishments.
“The ban would be effective for 30 days from the date of the order, but can be rolled back earlier in case the power situation improves in the state,” he added.
However, he said that though the UPSERC had permitted a ban on airconditoners, the fiat will not be enforced.
“As the power situation has improved a bit, the corporation has decided not to restrict use of ACs,” he said.