Bengaluru volunteers energise Kerala

Bengaluru volunteers energise Kerala

The team at Ollur village in Kerala after ligting up 150 homes

While volunteers from across the country lent their helping hands in many ways to the flood victims of Kerala, a city-based company along with volunteers has helped restore power in over 500 homes, free of cost.

Located in Whitefield of East Bengaluru, Uniservice, a facility management company teamed up with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) along with some volunteers from the city to help restore power in wrecked homes of Kerala in just five days.

The members of Whitefield Rising and Nallurahalli Rising groups and Nishabdha Seva — an NGO—helped gather funds and required materials for the mission.

After seeing the whole nation mobilise to help Kerala, the company’s team members wanted to do something apart from donating food and other items.

“Since we have electricians and plumbers already working for the company, we taught we could restore power in houses of those who could not afford to get an electrician or plumber to fix the glitches,” said Venkatesan Selvaraj, CTO of the company.

He added: “We prepared a list of materials we would require for the mission and posted it on Whitefield Rising group in which we were already the members. Most of the residents came forward and donated what they could. We had posted it on other Facebook groups as well. We got a good contribution from the public.”

Murugaraj Swaminathan, CEO, Uniservice said the KSEB helped them to reach out to the highly damaged houses of the state.

“KSEB provided us with the jeep to commute and also arranged an accommodation for us wherever necessary,” he said.

He added: “First, we assessed the condition of villages in and around Thrissur and North Paravur. From August 21st, we spent three days to electrify 500 plus houses in villages of Ramavarmapuram, Venkitangu, Muthuvara, Ollur and Chalakkudi.”

The next two days we spent to lit up a government primary school near Athani and 60 more houses around North Paravoor and Kodungalur.

“The condition of houses was pathetic. The water was present even in switchboards. It was disheartening to see them survive without electricity. Some got emotional when we said we were there to put electricity in their houses for free,” said Murugaraj.