Staff Correspondent

Reasons for frequent interruptions in power supply in the district sought

‘CESC should furnish details of power bills’

Kodagu unnecessarily being taxed for paying power bills promptly: sene

Madikeri: Members of Cauvery Sene heckled the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) officials in Kodagu on Friday demanding reasons for the frequent power interruptions in the form of power cuts and loadshedding in several parts of the district, including Madikeri.

The executive engineer of CESC in Kodagu, Venugopal, and his team of officers were at the receiving end as they sought time to answer the queries posed by the members of the sene, including Raghu Machaiah and Ravi Chengappa, district convener of the sene. Mr. Chengappa was vociferous in demanding an explanation from Mr. Venugopal over the rampant power cuts in Kodagu.

The CESC should furnish details of the power bills paid by the citizens and the outstanding dues in Kodagu, Mr. Machaiah told Mr. Venugopal.

Kodagu was unnecessarily being taxed for paying power bills promptly in the State, he alleged. Mr. Venugopal said that power supply to Kodagu came from Hootagalli in Mysore, which passed through several feeders. Power cuts were in force in some of the feeders on the route (such as Hunsur) and when power cut was effected in those feeders, Kodagu naturally had to go without power. But such a deficiency could be overcome once the 220-kV station in Kushalnagar, work on which was in progress, became functional.

Many members pointed out that timing of the upgrading works of the 66-kV Ponnampet-Virajpet line, due to which power shutdowns were being resorted to in Virajpet, Murnad, Madikeri, Siddapur and Sunticoppa areas of the district in the mornings and evenings, was wrong.

Mr. Chengappa took the CESC officials to task for not setting right the dangling live wire at Cherambane, on the Madikeri-Bhagamandala road, where a boy was electrocuted a few days ago. The live wire had been hanging for three days and none had attended to it though it was brought to the notice of the CESC officials.

Rural electrification

The proposed electrification works of the hamlets and villages in Kodagu under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Project has run into rough weather, going by the words of the CESC officials. Replying to queries by the members of the sene, the officials said that no fund had been allotted to Kodagu under the project. However, much before the funds were granted, tenders were invited and work had commenced in many places.

Members were also upset with the officials who, without any delay, cut off domestic power connections for delay or non-payment of electricity bills. Why were the institutions such as gram panchayats and others spared, some of which have not paid bills amounting to lakhs of rupees, they questioned.

Mr. Venugopal agreed to hold another round of meeting with the sene members either by the end of the month or in the first week of July.