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EB sub-station at Perungudi in utter disrepair

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EB customers are worried about debris falling and injuring them. Photo: Prince Frederick

Greatest source of alarm is the condition of the roof on the first floor, under which people queue up to make their electricity bill payments

First-time visitors to the electricity board’s sub-station at Perungudi Industrial Estate will be in for a rude shock.

The building on the premises, where official duties are carried out, is in a state of utter disrepair. Deep and lengthy fissures snake across a few pillars of the structure.

However, the greatest source of alarm is the condition of the roof on the first floor, under which people queue up to make their electricity bill payments.

The plaster has chipped off in many places, exposing the rusting steel. Staff members are accustomed to showers of loose concrete and some have become indifferent to the danger. Fresh patches of cement-plastering on the roof suggest efforts at fixing chipped portions.

Recently, a small portion of the roof, right above a payment counter, ‘opened up’. And, it is alleged that concrete material rained down on waiting consumers. 

“During one instance of concrete fall, a fan was severely damaged. One of its blades was bent,” said K. Kannan, a domestic consumer, pointing to the fan. “Imagine what could have happened if a person standing underneath had been hit.”

Consumers have requested that either extensive structural repairs be carried out or the building rebuilt to avert any major accident.

Domestic and industrial consumers of electricity in the Perungudi region walk into the sub station office to make bill payments. As a result, it has scores of visitors on any given day.    

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Many thanks to the article. We are resident of Perungudi and regular visitor to the office for
making payment of the bill. I will submit the following points for the consideration of TNEB.
A. The staff are discourteous, and diver the people MGR Road office, perungudi-velachery
road.
B. meter readings are not taken in time and we need to inform the meter reading
approximately, for payment of bill.
C. Net work always fails at the office.
D.since meter reading is not taken in time, the bill does not appear in the net, for payment
through net banking.
E. complaint made to AE orally in vein and he advised to send mail.
G. The building is not safe, as it is situated in substation amidst high voltage installation and
all wires hanging precariously.


We never use this office, as approach road is very bad from Perungudi Toll. TNEB must very
urgently look into this serious problem, without further wasting time.

Regards

S.sundararajan
9840133184

from:  S.sundararajan
Posted on: May 13, 2013 at 19:57 IST
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