STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhawanipatna, 8 July
Peeved at poor power supply to the district, the Kalahandi bar association and citizens’ committee have threatened to launch a stir.
Sources said that a delegation of the association and the committee called on collector Mr Govind Chandra Sethi and apprised him of the situation. Drawing the collector&’s attention to the alleged indifference of the power distribution company, Wesco, they suggested that the administration should promptly intervene.
“Public resentment is brewing in Kalahandi over the poor electricity service. The problems like disruption of power supply without notice, low voltage and undeclared power cut persist irrespective of season” said the bar association president Mr Daitari Pradhan, lamenting that the situation has gone from bad to worse in the last couple of days. In the last three-four days, there has been power supply disruption of about 15 hours a day.
“The Wesco officials told us that it was due to breakdown of the main transformer in the town and due to fault in the grid. Normal life has been affected and business, banking activities are also hit,” said Mr Pradhan. The citizens’ committee president Mr Ramachandra Rath blamed the Wesco officials, particularly lack of proper maintenance, for the situation.
“It is ironic that while Indravati project here is generating 600 MW of power, the district itself is facing power supply disruption. We want a particular part of the power supply should be diverted for the district,” Mr Rath said.