The City of Joy is a bustling city located on the east bank of the Hooghly River and is one of the best places to live in the Eastern India. The cultural, commercial and educational hub of East India, the city of Calcutta has expanded and grown vertically and horizontally and even got the new name- Kolkata. Development and expansion of the city has created immense job opportunities. The job of an electrician is important for this metropolitan city which is always on the go and uninterrupted power supply is a prerequisite to keep the city moving.
Kolkata has tropical wet and dry climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The prosperity brought by emerging IT industries and double income families with more disposable incomes and established and reputed business establishments have changed the lifestyle of the citizens. Air-conditioned corporate offices, business establishments, mushrooming malls and upscale high-rise apartments have increased the demand of power in the city. Also the city where air-conditioner was used in private homes mostly during nights is now switched on in afternoons too to get respite from the unbearable heat, a side effect of development. Dazzling skyline in night and illuminated streets of the city come at an expense. Electricity demand is more than production and supply and has created short supply leading to power cuts which has become a common feature in Kolkata. Since power outage is common, residential and business establishments depend on emergency supplies, inverters and generators which require special wiring and services of expert electricians to keep the city bright and shiny.
It's impossible to imagine our life without electricity and all the modern electrical and electronic gadgets running on electricity! Well…we all know whom to call when our life comes to a sudden stop due to any electrical hitch. However, the job of an electrician is more important than that. The work of electrician begins by reading the blueprint of buildings. The technical diagrams of the project show the locations of power outlets, load centre, circuits, power-points, panel boards, position of switch boards, the lights, inverter and generator, and all the electrical equipment. Based on the blueprint electricians determine the path of wiring systems and components, install and connects them to complete the circuit so that electrical currents could flow freely thus providing maximum comfort to the residents at minimum cost. Apart from the installation and electrical fittings, electricians also maintain and repair every electrical and power system, electrical equipments and gadgets, elevators in high-rise, inverters and generators and even assure that the city trams and metros are running smoothly.
Though electricians are trained to do every type of electrical jobs, still like any other profession, electricians too specializes in different types of work.
Construction electrician: Electricians specializing in construction, works from planning to installation of wiring systems, electrical fittings, appliances and equipment in homes, commercial buildings and industries. They start their work by reading blueprints, communicating with architects and interior designers of the project, understanding the requirements, and then designing the electrical system for the project. Their main work is to install wiring systems, outlets, inlets, circuit breakers, MCB (miniature circuit breaker), switch boards, appliances and any other specific requirements by the clients and also to ensure proper Earthing of the building.
Maintenance electricians: As the name suggests, maintenance electricians specializes in repair and maintenance work of electrical lines, fittings, appliances, equipments and electronic gadgets. They are also hired for regular inspection and maintenance of electrical lines especially in commercial establishments, public places and industries to check the proper functioning of the power system and equipment like electric motors, elevators, generators, etc. and to correct problems before breakdown occurs in order to minimize inconvenience. They are also called in residences in case of any electrical problem faced by the residents. It's the maintenance electricians who are called to install inverters and generators, fancy wall lamps, electrical fittings, fans and air-conditioning and for any other extra electrical works required to be done in the existing building.
You can know about the competency of electrician only after you hire them. Electricians are usually self-employed and work as a freelancer. There are a few basic things you should consider before you make a call to an electrician. Since they will be working inside your home, checking on the problem and trying to resolve it; it is advisable to ask for references or get the electrician from reliable sources. Calling a stranger, without checking the background of the person in Kolkata may put your family's security in danger. People of Kolkata are friendly and helpful especially if you know the native language. So ask the neighbour, friends or friendly electrical shop owners for good electrician before you hire. Or you may just visit homify India page and check the directory of electricians in Kolkata. homify has the verified list of electricians with their profile, experiences, completed projects, reviews and qualifications listed. All you need to do is to shortlist the professional, fill and submit a simple online form and then homify will connect you to the professional electricians.
The cost of electrical works depends on the quality and quantity of the work to be done. In a new construction, all the electrical cost is included in building price and you have to pay charges only if you have requested for some extra fittings and work. Even for maintenance and repair work, the cost depends on the components required to be replaced. However, what is fixed in Kolkata is the visiting charge of the electrician. They charge somewhere between Rs.150-200 for their visit. Any other charge is above it.