Solve power woes, MLA tells Mescom officials

MLA Pramod Madhwaraj said massive renovation measures will be adopted to bring in quality changes in power sector.

At a meeting of Mescom engineers to discuss preparedness in view of monsoon season and natural calamities, he said a proposal to upgrade power capacity in Udupi constituency is being prepared. The officials should send their suggestions at the earliest to include in the proposal. It will be submitted to Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, he added.  

Madhwaraj directed the officials to respond to consumer grievances immediately.

 “I have promised 24X7 electricity supply to people and this promise is being fulfilled now. There have been some failures due to technical reasons,” he added.

The MLA said electricity supply is interrupted in rainy season. Steps are being taken to set right technical problems. Customers approach Mescom repeatedly for all problems. The Mescom officials should be alert and take immediate steps to solve their problems, he said. 

He said 96 linemen have been recruited of late and the total number of linemen has now reached 170. He said Mescom has no scarcity of linemen, transformers and electric poles in Udupi, Manipal and Brahmavar now.

Madhwaraj said the loss due to recent rain is estimated to be Rs 82.6 lakh. As many as 796 electric poles, 78 transformers and 19.17 km power line are damaged. A total of 187 LT, 29 HT poles and 14 transformers are damaged in Udupi taluk. Measures have been taken to set right the power link lines within a week, he told the meeting. 

He said a compensation of Rs 18 lakh will be provided to the family of lineman Shashidhar Suvarna, who died recently in Brahmavar. He directed the officials to make arrangements for the release of the compensation package at the earliest. 

He told the Mescom officials to take all necessary precautions to prevent the mishaps and directed the higher officials to hold a one-day workshop for linemen on safety measures. The MLA said plans have been chalked out to introduce AB cables at Chitpadi, Kallianpur and other areas at a cost of Rs 86 lakh and the proposal has been sent to the government. The sub-stations will be set up at Udyavara and Parkala, he added. 

He directed the officers to take action against the contractors who have delayed the construction of a sub-station at Malpe for more than five years.  

He said there should at least one lineman at Malpe round-the-clock. 

He said the Mescom officials should take steps to trim the trees near electric poles. 

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