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Dispur realises grim situation of load shedding

The border town of Karimganj is running through troubled waters as the services for electricity is virtually shut down. The situation has turned so severe that even the slightest of the showers are disrupting electricity for hours. The locals are spending sleepless nights without proper electricity. Hourly and overnight load shedding are a common scenario in the area. The officials of the local electricity office have informed that there is a fault in the main line and nothing can be done about it at their level. From the past week, the situation has turned worse as the entire town is submerged in darkness for nights after nights.

In a bid to address the woes of the people and with a hope to make the electricity situation better, the MLA of Karimganj, Kamalakha Dey Purakyastha met with higher officials of the electricity department at Dispur on Monday. The Karimganj legislator urged the officials to personally pay a visit to the area and take adequate steps to solve the issue as soon as possible. According to Purakyastha, a high level team of officials will be paying a visit to Karimganj within the next two to three weeks and consolidate the problems.

The locals have alleged that before the elections, the current Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonwal promised to provide electricity 24*7, but no signs of fulfillment of any promises are to be seen within two years of the formation of the Government. The locals have also lambasted the opposition Congress and the situation was nothing much better in those days. The denizens of Karimganj has now decided not to waste any time by protesting on the roads in a local level. Instead, they have chose the social media application, Facebook to make their words sound in the deaf ears of the officials. As a matter of fact, owing to such angry remarks of the common people, veteran congress leader Satu Roy, wholesale cooperative chairman Subrata Deb, Arnab Chakraborty accompanied MLA Purakyastha and met officials along with APDCL Chairman Jishnu Baruah, Managing Director Puru Gupta, Managing Director of AGCL, SK Kalita and others.

Purukyastha said, “we have demanded for a faster completion of the Patalnagar’s 132 KV sub-station and also made it clear that the progress of work is not fast enough as expected. We have also made it clear that before the completion, the 33KV transformer must be kept at stand by.”    

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