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By Our Reporter Updated: Apr 03, 2020 9:58 pm

As Dimapur reacquaints with power cuts, local vigilantes pose problems for Power department personnel

Our Reporter
Dimapur, April 3 (EMN):
As Dimapur gears up for the onset of summer months, power cuts and erratic supply of electricity in different parts of the commercial hub will come as no surprise to its residents.

Moreover, as the Power department officials try to salvage the situation during the lockdown, local vigilante groups in certain colonies of Dimapur seem to be causing a hindrance to field workers and staff of the department by stopping them from engaging in repair works.

An official from the department informed Eastern Mirror that since it is the windy season, plenty of repair works will be required but their movement has been restricted, not by the government, but by local youths.

“Officially, we are not restricted but colony youths are not understanding the problem and restricting movement for us,” shared the official.

Further, the official informed that because of ‘makeshift gates in certain colonies’, the staff and field workers have to climb those gates to get to their locations.

“Even today (Friday), we had to climb bamboo gates erected by the colony near Salesian college as there was an issue,” said the official and informed that restoration work is in the process.

The official further informed that 11 electrical/utility poles were damaged in different locations of Dimapur on Friday because of the storm but they were finding it inconvenient to commute as most petrol pumps were also shut.

In a press statement, the engineer-in-chief, Shikato Sema, expressed dismay and shock over the inconveniences caused by vigilante groups by obstructing field works for restoration of Power supply.

It stated that the officers and staff from the department were responding to their call of duty to the best of their abilities in over 100 power sub-stations and control rooms spread across the state.

Further, the department has requested all, including the government, to support the Power sector in its effort to maintain stable Power supply.

By Our Reporter Updated: Apr 03, 2020 9:58:10 pm