Protest against low voltage which damaged their motors
Scores of farmers went berserk and vandalised furniture and records at the electricity sub-station at Shayampet mandal headquarters protesting the poor power supply, here on Friday.
The farmers, who came from Pathipaka village in the mandal, were sore over the low voltage and less hours of power supply. “We got only one and half hour supply on Thursday and due to erratic supply, nearly 15 motors burnt down in our village,” they said. First, irate farmers locked up the operator, Raju, at the sub-station. They staged a demonstration and squatted at the office demanding that the officials come and listen to their complaints. The police arrived on the spot but could not bring order as the farmers remained unrelenting.
Transco Assistant Engineer, Sridhar, came to the spot and explained to them that they were unable to provide seven-hour power due to shortage at the generation point. However, he promised to ensure that there would not be any low voltage problem henceforth and assured to give power for at least five hours to protect the standing crops. Interestingly, there were no politicians involved in the demonstration and the farmers had come on their own. The damage to the motors had motivated them to stage the demonstration.
Similar incidents taking place across the district have left farmers in distress as their motors became defunct leading to heavy expenditure.