Dead phones and power failure mark Dasara

More than 2,000 connections disrupted owing to drainage repair work

Repair: Workers engaged in repairing drainage near the police station circle in Kolar. DH photo

They are without power and telephone connection for the last two days. While Bangalore Electricity Supply Company had informed that power supply to rural parts will be disrupted from dawn to dusk on Saturday, there was no power in the City limits as well.

Industrialists, shop owners and public at large were put into trouble as there was no power from 10 am to 6 pm in the areas fed by 220 Kv station in the City. Naraspura, Tamaka, Vakkaleri, Shettymadamangala, Sugaturu, Kembodi, Toradevandahalli, Vemagal, Dalasanur, Kylanur, Yaldur and other areas were affected by the power failure effected without prior intimation. There was no proper information to to the people who called up Bescom complaint cell also. On the other hand, thousand of telephone connections have been cut during the work on repair of drainage near the Police Station circle in the City.

10 days to reconnect
Officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) say that it takes at least ten days to reconnect the broken lines. Excavator were used to carry out repair works of the drainage near Police Station circle two days ago. As a result, it is said, more than 2,000 telephones have gone dead thus causing inconvenience to customers.

 In addition, internet subscribers have also been denied of the service. The work being carried out at the heart of the city has severely affected the business at the shops and commercial establishments.

Not withstanding the trouble caused to the customers, BSNL office have issued contradicting statements. While PRO Yallappa said that there is no such problem and BSNL is not in receipt of any such complaints, another officer said that more than 1,500 connections have been disrupted owing to the drainage repair work and it may take few days to restore the connectivity in the vicinity of M G Road. However, the twin problems - power failure and lack of telephone connectivity - has caused inconvenience to the public, during festivities.

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