Residents march to Electricity Dept; Also seek waiver of bills for June
PANJIM: Annoyed by frequent power cuts, residents of Ribandar on Tuesday met Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) Neelkanth Reddy and served him a 48-hour notice demanding that immediate steps be taken to ensure that Ribandar gets uninterrupted power supply.
Residents also demanded a waiver of electricity bills for June, warning the department that people would be compelled to hold a rasta roko on June 18 which is Goa Revolution Day.
On Tuesday, a group of 50 people from Ribandar marched to Electricity Department and submitted a memorandum demanding a waiver of electricity bills for June. They also demanded an immediate inspection of the entire Ribandar area to identify weak poles and leaning trees while demanding immediate remedial steps.
Speaking to media persons Advocate Aires Rodrigues said, “The people of Ribandar have been suffering from electricity cuts almost every day. Ribandar is without an MLA for five months now and Goa is without a Power Minister, however, something needs to be done immediately. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2012 during his budget he promised underground cabling for Goa in four years which has not happened.”
The residents also demanded an electricity mobile van with four electricity linemen along with the junior engineers round the clock. They also suggested that the staff be shifted to a better location and be given proper amenities.
In response Reddy said, “There was a breakdown on June 10, wherein two street poles were damaged, so my staff worked from morning till 4 pm and restored the supply. However, within half an hour the main cable joint had a problem so the feeder went faulty. Somehow my staff managed to give the people of Ribandar power supply from Khorlim, and by 8.30 pm that feeder also became faulty, but my staff worked through the rains and restored the power by 10 pm.” On the demands he said, “Whatever powers I have I will do it.”
The residents also said that the department should not have shutdowns on Sundays claiming that it is family day. “Since industries do not want power shut downs during the week days we had opted for Sunday, but now if villagers do not want power shutdowns on Sunday we will revert it and welcome it,” Reddy said.