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Dimapur power woes turn ugly; department properties set on fire by angry crowd

DIMAPUR, AUG 16 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)
Published on 17 Aug. 2012 12:48 AM IST
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Irked by continuous blackouts, hundreds of power consumers of PWD colony feeder, Dimapur Thursday night vandalized the power department office here and set fire to furniture.

One of them told Nagaland Post, that they were enraged as the department did not provide 12-hour supply as promised through its  grouping/rotation system.

After picketing, the irate crowd began pelting stones and breaking into the office and pulled out tables, chairs, almirahs and made a bonfire outside. 

When queried, one of the consumers said when they had gone to office to complain about the irregular power supply but found no one there. Another consumer said the power cuts turned worse on Thursday when no power was supplied as assured.

“Government step down, power minister step down, enough is enough,” shouted the irked consumers.
An enraged youth vowed that the agitation would continue till those in authority restored normalcy of power supply. 

When contacted, a junior level official of the power department who spoke on condition of anonymity told Nagaland Post that they were unable to do anything unless the higher-ups take up measures to solve the issue.

The officer lamented that no one, from the power minister to the chief minister or senior officers had said anything about the problem. 

He also said the department people were facing the same problem like others but being an staff of the department they were at the receiving end.  

Police who were present at the spot   watched helplessly, the official said.Later Dimapur DC N. Hushili Sema also visited the spot and appealed to the crowd not to resort to vandalism. It was also reported that the two fire engines which arrived at the spot were sent back by the angry crowd.

Meanwhile, in Purana Bazar, youth and residents Thursday picketed the Power division office Dimapur at Nagarjan protesting against erratic and inadequate power supply in the area.

Staging a protest in front of the office, the youths shouted slogans like ‘Gali, gali mein chor hai’, ‘Power minister down down’. ‘No light no bills’ etc. one of the youths clarified that the protest  was “non- political” while the other said that all “like-minded” youths had gathered to voice against the pathetic power supply in Purana Bazar area.

Claiming that the area was not even receiving the stipulated two hour power supply, the youths demanded the responsible department to look into the matter at the earliest.

In a representation submitted to the division office Dimapur, the youths stated that enough tolerance has been shown to understand the technical problem faced by the power department. “Even when the rest of Dimapur has normal power supply, Purana Bazar has always been engulfed in darkness” stated the youths.

Demanding the department to reveal the “true story” behind the whole power crisis in Dimapur and as to when the perpetual power problem would be solved, the youths stated that any solution to the load shedding and electricity problem should be brought about within seven days and warned that  Purana Bazar youths would not be responsible for any unwarranted incidents that might arise.

Talking to Nagaland Post, executive engineer, electrical Dimapur, Nitovi Wotsa said that even though the department was trying its best they were unable to keep up with two hour “on/off” accuracy if the line went faulty. Wotsa said that line faults were more frequent in the area because Purana Bazar has the longest transmission line within Dimapur town.

Transformer from Mkg reaches Dmu; Crisis may continue till 2013
Even as a 10 MVA transformer from Mokokchung arrived Dimapur Thursday morning, power department officials informed that the current crisis would continue through 2012 till early 2013. Stating this, Er. Bendang, informed that the department has already ordered 100 MVA transformer and production work was already on.

He said the 10 MVA transformer would ease load shedding to some extent. Bendang said production of additional new transformers would take several months and till then the current power crisis would remain.

Meanwhile, addl. CE and HoD, power department, K. Miachieo informed that after unloading the 10 MVA transformer, refilling of the bushings, radiators, filling in of oil and filtration  begin before it is charged for service.

This was expected to take some more days, said K. Miachieo. He explained that delay in transportation was due to the fact that the 10 MVA transformer was located in a switchyard bay and could be moved only after “parking” nearby 12.5 MVA and 25 MVA transformers that were used to feed Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Tuensang, Longleng and Mon districts.

He also said the 10 MVA transformer contained 10,600 liters of oil and weighed 31 metric tons. The power department took eight working days to do the same from August 1 to 8, said Miachieo. Dismantling of the 10 MVA transformer before loading it to a 22-wheel MAN trailer was further delayed till August 14, after a wheel bolt slipped. 

Talking to Nagaland Post, SDO Asangba Tikhir said that the condition of the old transformer had “fifty-fifty chances” and would take minimum of two weeks for complete installation.

Er. Bendang informed that there was no guarantee that the transformer from Mokokchung would work as the same was kept “idle” for many years.

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Posted by: Jack Nagi | Aug 17 2012 3:15PM
no wonder, for last decade the state government has done noting but party and play games with the peoples life, no electricity, no water, no roads, one fat chicken who has all the resorts and piggery in its name. Burn diampur burn till the fat chicken is roasted good. its time for peoples revolution to set the state alight with honest and integrity in every area of the state government,NO Compromise! if one is forced ti resorts to burning the state government down, so be it. unless the chicken lay the road afresh, lays the transformers anew, now and not next month, watch out fat chicken we are marching as towards to war.
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