Irregular power supply: traffic stalled for 3 hours

Transformers will be repaired for free, assures Bescom official

Plea Protestors submitting a memorandum to Bescom official Krishnappa during the road blockade in Mulbagal on Tuesday. DH photo

The protestors alleged that while the farmers had obtained debts to grow the crops and buy new pumpsets, the irregular power supply was destroying the crops and had rendered the pumpsets useless. They added that the students were also affected by the power disruption.

Bescom official Krishnappa who arrived at the spot listened to the grievances of the protesters and assured them of four hours of three phase and three hours of single phase electricity in the day and four hours of single phase electricity in the night.

Krishnappa added that a Janaspandana programme would be organised at the hobli-level to address the problems of villagers. He announced that the Bescom would henceforth repair the transformers for free. In the past, the company used to collect Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 from the farmers for repairing transformers.

Bescom executive engineers Vasudev and Nagaraj were present. Assistant tahsildhar M K Ramesh received the memorandum. Kisan Sabha general secretary M Gopal, TP member Punyahalli Shankar, CPI secretary T Radhakrishna, DSS convener Kilholali Satish, leader Thoradu Shivanna, Bangavadi Srinavas, Reddappa Shivashankar and others were present.
‘Officials will be gheraoed’

In Kolar, members of the Bharatiya Republican Party have warned that they would gherao Bescom officials if the unscheduled loadshedding is not stopped.

The party workers alleged that the Bescom has been neglecting the district and added:
“They (Bescom) are playing with the future of the students and farmers.” They warned that if the power supply was not restored in a week, they would gherao the officials.

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