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Night rostering may lead to law, order problem

ACUTE POWER crisis in the city, specially night rostering, can prove to be a major law and order problem for the district administration in view of the ongoing Moharram.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 00:32 IST

ACUTE POWER crisis in the city, specially night rostering, can prove to be a major law and order problem for the district administration in view of the ongoing Moharram.

As part of the ten-day long Moharram, heavily armed ‘Packiyes’ , considered to be messengers of Hussain, move around in the city in groups of thousands. The specified routes of ‘Packiyes’ are manned by a large contingent of police force, including the RAF.

However, due to night rostering any untoward incident can happen. Despite being aware of the Moharram and the activities associated with it, KESCo has made no arrangement for ensuring rostering-free nights. Apart from the movement of ‘Packiyes’ a large number of Alam processions are also taken out by members of the Muslim community.

The Muslim-dominated areas from where Alam processions are taken include Parade, Nai Sadak, Dadamia Crossing, Chamanganj, Beconjganj and Colonelganj. These processions end late in the night and absence of power can result in a mishap. In view of the gravity of the situation at least Muslim-dominated areas in the city must have been spared from night rostering.

Besides, nightlong ‘majlises’ are also convened in Muslim areas, including Patkapur, Gwaltoli, Railbazaar and Chamanganj, often without power supply.

About half-a-decade ago ‘Packyies’ created ruckus at the Kanpur Central Railway station due to mismanagement of the district administration.

However, the Kanpur Municipal Corporation has installed Halogen lights in Muslim-dominated areas of the city but due to night rostering these lights have been rendered useless.

The enormity of power crisis can be gauged by the fact that power supply of the entire city was snapped at 11 pm on Saturday night and was restored at 5 on Sunday morning. Then, once again, power supply of the entire city was snapped at 7.30 am and was restored in phases. In some areas power supply was restored at 12.30 in the afternoon while in other areas at 1pm and 2pm. But in southern areas power supply was restored at 4 pm.

KESCo officials have attributed this power crisis to rostering from the main grid. KESCo general manager MP Tripathi said, “Due to excessive rostering from the main grid the city has to face power cut.”

However, he added that KESCo could not be held responsible for the power crisis.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 00:32 IST