High-profile visit ensures city has no power cuts
THERE WAS no power cut in the city for two consecutive days on Saturday and Sunday. Reason being the chief minister?s visit to the city. Keeping in view the growing resentment among the masses over prolonged hours of power cuts and attack on Kesco officials, the district administration wanted to take no risk during the CM?s visit.india Updated: May 08, 2006 01:03 IST
THERE WAS no power cut in the city for two consecutive days on Saturday and Sunday. Reason being the chief minister’s visit to the city. Keeping in view the growing resentment among the masses over prolonged hours of power cuts and attack on Kesco officials, the district administration wanted to take no risk during the CM’s visit.
Well before the visit on Sunday, the state government was apprised about the deteriorating law and order situation in the city due to power crisis. Taking cognizance of the report sent by the district administration, the state government kept the city free from rostering from the Northern grid on Saturday and Sunday.
However, local faults at the level of Kesco were responsible for power crisis in densely populated areas of the city both on Saturday and Sunday.
The Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was here to inaugurate a computer centre and Major Salman ‘Dwar’ at the Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC).
This is for the fourth time in two months that CM’s presence has ensured continuous power supply to the city.
However, even violent demonstrations and ransacking of substations by the agitated mob failed to ensure a better power supply to the city. The city is reeling under 16 to 18 hours of power cut per day on an average. Rostering includes prolonged hours of night rostering too.
The extent of outrage against prolonged power cuts can be gauged by the fact that even women are out on the streets protesting against power crisis. The recent attack on Barra substation and its ransacking by women is a glaring example.
General Manager of Kesco MP Tripathi said, “Efforts are being made to ensure no night rostering in the city. We have already conveyed our concern on night rostering to the power corporation and are expecting a positive outcome,” added Tripathi.
First Published: May 08, 2006 01:03 IST