Power Cuts: CM takes strong exception

AGARTALA:

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today took strong exception to a fraction of TSECL officials holding them responsible for the frequent power cuts and massive electric disruption took place last night and said that all of the erring employees would be arrested within seven days.   

Speaking at a programme, the Chief Minister said, the government is identifying those officials who are behind this and none of the erring employees will be tolerated in the department and will be arrested within next seven days.

                       “conspirators to be held in seven days”   

“Some of the officials tried to reason that due to increasing use of ACs and other electrical appliances, the electricity related problems are emerging. But, the expert’s opinion in this regard is quite different. The experts claimed that increasing use of electric appliances cannot be a contributing factor behind frequent electricity snags” the chief minister said adding that he had already consulted with the experts.

Some of the officials of TSECL (Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited), he said, are involved in this malpractice. They are plotting against the government and I assure you all that strict actions will be taken against the each one of them, he told a gathering organized on the occasion of distributing new motor vehicles to the police department.

Such sort of public inconveniences came to forefront several occasions in last few months. Each and every official, top-to-bottom, associated with TSECL has been directed to remain on-duty in emergency mode. The phones should be switched on 24 hours, the CM said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s strong statement came after a night long plight of city people due to massive electric disruption. Many areas of the city and its outskirts—Moth Chowmuhani, Bordowali, Arundhati Nagar, a greater part of Chandrapur, Ram Nagar have slept in darkness due to electricity related problems. Hundreds of people demonstrated before the electricity substations of IGM Chowmuhani, Pragati Road and Bordowali. Meanwhile, our Charilam Correspondent adds, similar problem was reported at Sepahijala power house also.

According to the agitators, frequent power cuts, that too in the ugliest phase of summer, caused serious inconveniences to the public life. The problem was far bigger for the children and aged ones.

“All the phone lines are busy. As a consumer we have the right to know as to what has happened and why we are facing the trouble. Elders and children are facing tough time in almost every household. Such attitude from the part of TSECL is undesirable” an agitating consumer told the website last night.