By Andy Sambidge
Emirate's ruler meets with SEWA chiefs to discuss measures to avoid repeat of 2010 problems
The ruler of Sharjah has met with power chiefs in a bid to ensure the power cuts suffered by thousands in the emirate last summer are not repeated this year.
Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has instructed the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) to initiate measures to meet growing demand for water and power supplies in the coming summer season.
Sheikh Sultan urged SEWA management to foster and develop creativity and innovation, introduce modern technology, and draw lessons from last year, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
Sheikh Sultan gave his instructions during a visit to SEWA premises where he inspected progress of work in projects under the SEWA 2011 strategic plan.
Last July, SEWA apologised to residents affected by a glut of power failures and vowed to take steps to improve its services.
Residents in parts of Sharjah were forced to endure extremely high temperatures indoors and out plus high humidity as air conditioners failed to work due to rolling blackouts.
Thousands in densely populated parts of Sharjah, especially the industrial areas, suffered for days without power for days.
A construction worker died and hospitals were inundated with cases of heat exhaustion, Arabian Business reported last summer.