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MIRACLE! AS MANY as 60 defaulter schools out of 498 centres get temporary power connections for the polling day! But, would that be an additional load on the defaulters or the power mandarins have some other plans?
None | By Anupam Srivastava
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2006 12:07 AM IST

MIRACLE! AS MANY as 60 defaulter schools out of 498 centres get temporary power connections for the polling day!

But, would that be an additional load on the defaulters or the power mandarins have some other plans? 

Speaking on the restoration of 60 power connections without realization of pending dues from the defaulters, LESA General Manager AK Singh said, “ The connections have been were made under the People’s Representative’s Act.

They are temporary connections. But, surely we are going to ask the district administration to pay for it.”

That’s all right. But, what about water connections? In 55 polling centres, there is no supply of drinking water and all the centres are infested with mosquitoes and have poor sanitary conditions. According to additional municipal commissioner AC Sinha, LMC men had worked on war footing to clean up these 498 centres and to ensure restoration of power connections in all the 60 polling stations.

“Power supply to some renowned schools that would serve as polling centres, like Chutki Bhandar School in Hussainganj and Jhaulal Inter College, was cut off due to non-payment of dues and other reasons. We have to run from pillar to post to have power supply restored in these centres,” said additional municipal commissioner AC Sinha.

LMC conducted fogging in most of the centres after complaints of mosquitoes from State employees on poll duty. “We carried out fogging in four counting centres at Hewitt Polytechnic at Dandaiyya, Government Polytechnic at Faizabad Road and two PWD guest houses at Bangla Bazar. There was two-feet long grass mow by LMC men before fogging in these places. We carried out a special sanitation drive in nearby all polling stations and counting centres.” 

Meanwhile, Jal Sansthan officials were summoned by the district administration to ensure proper water supply in all polling booths. According to Jal Sansthan sources, water supply has been restored in such centres where supply was snapped off due to non-payment or any other problem. At many centres, water supply is ensured through 16 mobile water tankers.

General manager Jal Sansthan DK Sharma says, “Almost 100 employees of Jal Sansthan engineering wing will remain on duty to ensure drinking water supply in all 498 polling centres in the city.

Polling booths at the Lucknow Municipal Corporation office were ready, poll officers had arrived and police were  deployed in good number for peaceful voting on Tuesday. Centres in Daliganj, especially at Agrasen School near mafia-don-turned politician Anna’s house was kept under heavy watch of the police force. Local traders demanded deployment of central forces in the area to avoid fear of rigging by henchmen of the don.

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