Tuesday, October 28, 2014
NGOs' Association expresses concern over power disruption in the city
The Non-Gazetted Govt.Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has demanded to conduct a study through an expert agency from mainland to find out the exact reason for the sudden and intermittent power disruption being occurred at Port Blair and South Andaman areas so that necessary corrective measures can be taken by the Administration. In a letter sent to the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association drew the attention of the Chief Secretary towards the widespread power disruption being occurred at Port Blair and rural South Andaman areas for the last few months. He complained to the Chief Secretary that power cut is resorted to without making any public announcement by the Electricity Department. In most of the days electricity disruption has been experienced for half an hour to one hour on different occasions, the Association informed the Chief Secretary. This has adversely affected the functioning of the offices (except Secretariat) and the government employees are unable to complete their work in time, Shri Ayyappan told the Chief Secretary.
Expressing concern over the intermittent power cut, the Association told the Chief Secretary that this has badly affected the studies of students during these days. Examinations are round the corner, but the Electricity Department continues to resort power cut which causes grave concern and anguish to the parents and students. Shri Ayyappan brought to the notice of the Chief Secretary the fact that the Electricity Department does not give any explanation to the intermittent power cut resorted to by it. It is also not clear whether the power cut is due to the failure of the Surya Chakra Power Plant at Bambooflat or the Power Houses of the Electricity Department at Chatham and Phoenix Bay to generate sufficient power. The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association requested the Chief Secretary to review the functioning of the Electricity Department and take immediate steps to fill up the posts of Superintending Engineer, Executive Engineers, etc on regular basis in the Electricity Department in order to put the functioning of the department back to rail.