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JEs? strike adds to citizens? woes

EVEN AS people in various localities reeled under an acute power crisis due mainly to local faults, LESA?s junior engineers (JEs) abstained from work on Saturday only to add to people?s woes. They have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Monday if their demands were not met.
By HT Live Correspondent | None
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2006 12:02 AM IST

EVEN AS people in various localities reeled under an acute power crisis due mainly to local faults, LESA’s junior engineers (JEs) abstained from work on Saturday only to add to people’s woes. They have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Monday if their demands were not met.

Many areas under Aminabad plunged into darkness on Friday night after a high capacity 630 kv transformer burst near Hathi Khana. The supply in the affected areas could be restored late Saturday evening after LESA replaced the damaged transformer with two 400 kv transformers.

The trans-Gomti areas like Aliganj, Triveninagar, Aivannpur, Kapoorthala, Mahanagar and Nishatganj and others had no respite from power cuts on Friday as well. They continued to face, intermittently, rostering all the day. The distribution transformers in these areas get power from the NKN sub-station which is turn, is fed by the Chinhat  transmission sub-station. The problem began last week after a 160 mv transformer was damaged at Chinhat sub-station. However, situation was not that bad in Indiranagar and Gomtinagar where supply was diverted from the 132 kv Gomtinagar transmission power house.

On the other hand,  LESA’s junior engineers struck work today in response to a call by the UP Rajya Vidyut Parishad Junior Engineers Sangthan to press their various demands. Sangthan leaders also staged a sit-in at the LESA CGM’s office and handed over charter of demands to the CGM. They warned to go on strike indefinitely from Monday if their demands were not met immediately.

According to sangthan’s spokesman, Sanjay Sharma the main demands included removal of manpower shortage at sub-stations, not to make junior engineer, RK Dixit a scape goat for the death of an employee who died after a part of the building he was working on collapsed, take action against Thakur Prasad, a cable jointer who has been posted at the same place for last 30 years and harassed the staff and not to transfer any JE this year in view of their shortage in the city.   

Citizens sweat it out: POWER SUPPLY in the area of Amaniganj in Aminabad remained disrupted as the transformer of 630 KVA broke down because of overloading on Saturday morning. The residents and traders had to live without power for all day. The LESA officials were busy installing two transformer of 400 KVA each in the Amaniganj.

Meanwhile, traders and residents of Dandaiyya Bazar held up traffic for more than an hour protesting against the power cuts in their area. They removed the road blocks only after assurance of regular power supply by the LESA authorities. Intermittent power cuts were also suffered in the areas of Alambagh, Tehripulia, Charbagh, Moulviganj, Chowk and Thakurganj. Chief General Manager LESA Krishna Gopal inspected six substations on Saturday. He started his visit from  Mahanagar substation. He then, proceeded to Nirala Nagar, Engineering college, LU, GPRA and Aliganj substations in the evening.

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