Outraged over erratic, sometimes no power supply for hours together, the citizens of Ward No. 34, under the leadership of BJP’s East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde, dashed to the office ofSpanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL) and strongly protested against the dismal power situation faced by them. They raised high-pitched slogans against the Spanco authorities and demanded regular electric supply. MLA Khopde also submitted a memorandum to the SNDL authorities to look into complaints of citizens.
Spanco (SNDL) is responsible for the supply of power to Nagpur city. But the situation in Ward No 34 is so bad that even after installing power meters the citizens are not being supplied regular power the reason being the distance between their residences and electric poles erected in the area. Spanco has made a temporary arrangement by erecting bamboos near the residences and connected the wires to meters. This poses an impending hazard. It will be no surprise if any untoward tragedy takes place. The Spanco has also not completed many power related works in many areas. Several people in slums have deposited required money but are still to get meters. Adding to the woes, the streetlights in the area are out of order umpteen times. The most shocking fact is that some consumers are delivers inflated bills despite the non-running of meters. No action was initiated to resolve the complaints of such consumers despite frequent visits to the SNDL office in Civil Lines. This desperation forced the Ward 34 citizens to gatecrash Spanco office and strongly protest against the company authorities. The enraged consumers wanted quick steps to resolve their problems. Khopde supported the citizens’ protest and also asked the authorities to look into the matter.
Spanco’s Business Head Ajit Ganguly assured the protesting citizens of resolving their power supply problem and stated that a team of authorities will visit the area on Tuesday to look into the complaints.
But the moot question is: Will the Spanco authorities keep their assurance and resolve the power supply and other crucial problems.