Around midnight on Sunday, the residents of Muthialpet gathered outside their houses and staged a road roko on ECR demanding regularisation of electricity supply to their area.

According to one of the residents, Palaniappan, the problem has been going on for a long time now.

Every now and then, the Muthialpet area loses power and the residents suffer for several hours. Many times, the power cuts last for over 12 hours. There are a number of old people and young babies in the area, and when the power supply is disrupted for so long, it becomes difficult for us, he said.

When they complain there is some temporary solution and then the power supply gets disrupted again. The electricity department so far has not come up with a concrete solution, he said.

For over an hour, around 200 residents sat outside their houses demanding that the situation be rectified. They finally dispersed when assured that the department would take necessary action.

Speaking to The Hindu Superintending Engineer of the Electricity Department K. Mathivanan said the problem was because some of the joints in the cabling in the Muthialpet area had worn out.

This was not the first time that this problem had occurred, so this time they had planned a more permanent solution.

The work would be completed in two day’s time.

Further, work on the Venkata Nagar Substation would also be completed in the next two months, which would also help to improve the situation, he said.

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