May 22 & 25: Expect power cuts in 23 Yangon townships

Workers repair electrical transformers. Photo: YESC

On May 22 and 25, between the hours of 9am and 12pm, the Yangon Electrical Supply Corporation (YESC) will be carrying out repairs to the electrical grid in 23 townships. Residents of these townships have been instructed to expect power cuts during these times.

The renovations will include cutting down trees and branches that are tangled in the city’s power cables, replacing old and inefficient cables, and installing electrical safeguards to mitigate damage to the grid during power surges and outages, as well as to mitigate electricity theft.

The project comes at a cost of K6 billion (US$4.5 million).

Power cuts are to be expected in the townships of Insein, Mingaladon, Hlaingtharyar, Shwepyithar, Hlegu, Hmawbi, Taikkyi, Seikkyi Kanaungto, Htantabin, Yankin, Kyeemyindaing, Ahlone, Kamayut, Bahan, Mayangone, Hlaing, Sanchaung, Latha, South Okkalapa, Thingangyun, Mingala Taungnyunt, Thaketa, and Dagon Seikkan.

However, city officials don’t want us to despair. YESC engineer Daw Khin Thapyay Nu, issued a statement yesterday explaining that the blackouts will be limited.

“The power won’t be out for the entire duration of the two days,” she said. “Instead of a two-day black out, we are selectively cutting the power from the areas we are renovating. The electricity will be out only in the places that are affected. It all depends on the work that needs to be done and the local conditions of each neighborhood.”

She also said that once the renovations are completed, power outages will be less frequent, and the city’s power infrastructure will pose fewer risks during monsoon season.

Let’s hope it all goes according to plan.

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