NGGOA registers protest over indiscriminate power-cuts in city, SA

Port Blair
30 Jan 2017
The Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands registered its strong protest over indiscriminate power disruption at Port Blair and a  vast rural areas of South Andaman for the last few months. In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, a copy of which was also endorsed to the Secretary to Lt. Governor and the Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Power), the general secretary of the Association, Mr T.S.Sreekumar invited the attention towards intermittent power cut, up to 4-5 times a day, without any public announcement that is badly affecting the studies of students and working of all establishment including government offices. 
The arbitrary power-cut by the electricity department is causing grave concern and anguish among the parents and students as the students appearing for Board examinations are unable to prepare for their examinations. The general secretary also drew the attention towards the lack of proper planning and under-preparedness of the electricity department to face such exigencies of power shortage.
He  further stated that crores of rupees invested from exchequer through M/s Surya Chakra Power Corporation is a mere waste as they failed to provide steady power supply as per the agreement. The Association has requested the Chief Secretary to intervene into the matter and take appropriate decision for installation of additional diesel generator sets at Govt. Power Houses at Chatham, and Phoenix Bay to tide over the crises on long-term basis and possibilities of installing portable diesel generator sets may be explored on war-footing in view of the ensuing Board Examinations and summer months.
Meanwhile, the Association in its meeting has decided to organise agitational programmes against the frequent disruption of power supply in Port Blair city and adjoining areas.