PANAJI: After spending the second consecutive Sunday powerless, residents of Ribandar asked chief electrical engineer N N Reddy on Tuesday to waive their electricity bills for the month, immediately identify weak poles and leaning trees and take remedial steps. They demanded that a junior engineer along with four linemen be stationed at Ribandar along with an electricity mobile van round-the-clock.
Advcoate Sahish Mahambrey told Reddy that residents have been suffering for the past few Sundays. “People look forward to spending Sundays with their families but we have been suffering. Our inverters have been supplying more power to our homes than the department,” he said, adding that the problem continues despite pre-monsoon maintenance work being carried out. “Linemen in Ribandar are only available till 8pm. After that we have to call Panaji to complain but the line is always busy,” he said.
‘Citizens threaten to take to streets’
Chief electrical engineer N N Reddy said that if residents wanted then maintenance shutdowns could be held on a weekday instead of a Sunday.
Residents told the chief engineer that the problem has worsened over the past three years and power supply which was cut on Saturday night was restored only on Sunday night.
Reddy informed them that the proposal for tendering of underground cabling has been given to the Smart City mission and is expected to be completed within a month.
“Why should residents of Altinho (Panaji) alone enjoy the privilege of uninterrupted power supply? ” Rodrigues asked. The Ribandar resident added that the department’s complaints room at Ribandar is situated on a narrow one-way road, is understaffed and poorly equipped.
He suggested moving it to the old Goa Institute of Management building in the vicinity of the crime branch and Lokayukta office.