Urmilapur villagers stage major protest over unrelenting power-cuts

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
18 Aug 2018

More than 60 villagers along with PRI members staged a massive demonstration at Bakultala last Thursday to protest against unprecedented power-cuts in and around Urmilapur in Middle Andaman. The protest was led by Pradhan of Urmilapur, Mr Biswajeet Mondal. The agitators shouted slogans against the Power Department for its failure to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the region. The Executive Engineer of Electricity, Mr NC Baroi and Assistant Engineer, Mr AC Choudhury arrived at the spot and interacted with the protestors. The Pradhan of Urmilapur demanded 24x7 power supply in villages in and around Urmilapur as also providing electricity connection to houses constructed on encroached land at Bongaon village under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Mr D. Kandaswamy, Congress Block President, Rangat, Mr R. K Sharma, Ex-Zilla Parishad member, Mr Dewen Rao, Congress District Secretary, Mr Tyagrajan, Congress General Secretary Bakultala and Mr Bishnupada Mondal,  PRI Laxmanpur,  BJP party were also present at the protest site..
Speaking to the villagers, the Executive Engineer informed that prevailing inclement weather is reason for frequent power cuts in the area. “Strong winds, heavy rains, uprooting of trees cause damage to crossarms, insulators, power poles etc along the entire stretch of HT line from Rangat Bay Power House to Baratang Nilambur Jetty. “It takes some time to recharge the feeder lines as initially the feeder has to be charged upto Bakultala from Rangat Bay Power House and then one by one at Urmilapur,  Shyamkund,  Kaushalyanagar and beyond Kadamtala & Baratang are charged. These are unavoidable and within the technical procedure,” he said assuring to do the needul to minimize power interruptions in Urmilapur as also in provide advance intimation of power-cut schedules required for repair works.  The Executive Engineer also assured to look into the demand of Bongaon villagers. Following the assurance, the agitation was called off, but villagers resolved to hold similar protests if the problem is not addressed within a specific time period.