68 F
Mérida
Monday, January 24, 2022
###

García Ginerés residents fed-up with constant power outages

Latest headlines

A leak in a Tabasco Pemex oil pipeline causes disastrous fire

A massive fire sparked by a leaking oil duct has created massive environmental damage in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. 

Untrained tour guides compete for tourist dollars in Chichén Itzá

Arguments between tour guides at Chichén Itzá have on rare occasions even resulted in fights and physical violence. Photo: Carlos Rosado...

Joya de Cerén — The Pompeii of the Americas

The volcano which stood less than one mile from Joya de Cerén, sent huge amounts of debris flying through the air. It ultimately buried the village under four to eight meters (13 to 26 feet) of ash and rock. 

A stunning 5,425 new COVID cases in a week

Residents make use of a hand-washing station installed in the Centro. Photo: Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
A resident in García Ginerés expresses his contempt for the electric utility after multiple power interruptions. Photo: La Jornada Maya

After years of unreliable service from Mexico’s power utility, power outages in García Ginerés continue to frustrate residents. 

A protest staged last Friday blocked traffic along Calle 14 in the neighborhood, just north of the historic center. Organizers said that they have made several reports to the CFE but that their complaints continue to be ignored. 

Some residents claim that on particularly bad days they lose power up to 30 times a day. Power surges have also resulted in damage to several home appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners and televisions.

Protestors carried signs that read “We are only asking for a good service” and “CFE answer our complaints.” Some in the neighborhood took things a bit further and hung signs outside of their homes depicting the CFE as thieves or money-hungry rats. 

The CFE says that the power fluctuations are the result of scheduled maintenance work being done in the area, but residents are not buying it. 

“These problems are nothing new. We have been living like this for years and the only thing the CFE has for us are excuses,” said José Góngora Pacheco. “The last time I issued a complaint they said it must be a problem with the electrical installation at my house, despite the fact that all my neighbors were also without power.”

Earlier: CFE’s ‘scheduled’ power cuts hit Yucatán without warning

CFE maintenance crews have been spotted several times over the past few weeks in Gracía Ginerés, but homeowners report that not only have they not fixed the problem, but they have actually made it worse. 

“Many issues take five or six reports and visits over many months to resolve. When engineers finally arrive and even when confronted with photographic evidence of the problem, they do not go to the transformer to adjust the voltage,” said García Ginerés resident Mark Callum. “There are also not enough transformers in our area and in the past when one failed they don’t replace it or they put in a smaller one, thereby overloading an already creaking system. We are now seeing the results of years of cutting corners.”

Despite repeated visits from CFE, residents in García Ginerés say power outages just keep getting worse. Photo: Courtesy

Col. García Ginerés was found in 1904, among the oldest of the more suburban-type neighborhoods that formed in the 20th century.

“Garcia Gineres is the first and forgotten colonia,” said Callum. “Apparently we have some of the oldest transformers in the city.”

Losing power so often is not just an inconvenience.

“A friend of mine is currently helping fix a no-break system for an elderly local on an oxygen machine,” Callum said.

But power outages are by no means limited to García Ginerés.

A Yucatán Magazine poll, posted Monday on the Facebook group Mexico Amigos, asked how many times they have lost power in the last three months. The results are not scientific but indicate a widespread problem.

Graphic: Yucatán Magazine

Of 118 Facebook users who responded, 57 had lost power three times or more over the past three months. Another 35 said they had lost power one or two times, and 26 said that they had never lost power during the same period.

With information from La Jornada Maya

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mexico celebrates International Mariachi Day

Mariachis in Mexico and around the world celebrate International Mariachi Day observed every Jan 21. 

Marines to take over security at Mérida and Cancún airports

Mexico's Marines will be taking control of seven airports across the country, with  Mérida and Cancún among them. 

What to do if you find baby sea turtles on the beach

Most people realize that it is not a good idea to disturb nesting or baby turtles, but what should we do if one appears to be in peril or distress?

New Frontier Airlines route to connect Cancún with Houston

Citing an increase in demand, Frontier Airlines has announced a new flight between Houston and Cancún.

Yucatán’s muralism boom —  an explosion of color, tradition and meaning

Yucatán’s history of muralism famously dates all the way back to the elaborate frescoes of the ancient Maya.

Students at Mérida’s private Catholic Universities caught trading thousands of explicit photos of their classmates

Numerous students at Mérida’s Anáuac Mayab University are reportedly active in a “secret” chat group to trade intimate photos of classmates, as well as engage in cyberbullying. 

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern slab benches detract from an ancient ruin at Izamal, neighbors say. Photo: Courtesy Modern-looking benches installed at...

Being a good neighbor to Yucatán’s roof cats and street dogs

Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began. 

What my rescue dogs taught me

I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong....

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.