Shama Sunder

The department is unresponsive to the people’s problems

Calls to the CESC office are not attended to

Students hard hit as they are unable to prepare for examinations

HASSAN: On Sunday, there was no power in Hassan from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents were forced to reconcile to the situation as they felt there might be some emergency repair work to be undertaken.

Frequent disruptions

On Monday, when things were supposed to have been set right, there was no power from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.

From midnight to the early hours of Tuesday, power supply disruptions were frequent.

On Tuesday, it was even worse. There was no power from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Directive

Never in the history of Hassan have people experienced such power cuts. When H.D. Revanna was Power Minister, he had directed officials of the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) to ensure that there were no power cuts in the mornings as well as during the evenings as students preparing for their examinations would be affected.

If one dials the telephone numbers of the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Company here, nobody answers the call. If people are lucky enough to be spoken to, the officials say power supply is regulated at Bangalore and that they are “powerless.” Students who are preparing for their semester examinations are hard hit.

UPS affected

Even the uninterrupted power supply units are not functioning as power supply disruptions are on for more than 12 hours.

Housewives too are handicapped as they have adjusted to modern cooking methods. Life is difficult without mixies and grinders. Coffee is grown abundantly in the district, but there is no electricity to roast and powder coffee seeds.

Drinking water supply to the city too has been severely affected. The City Municipal Council that had undertaken distribution of drinking water has washed its hands off by sending a regret note to newspaper offices citing inadequate electricity. One shudders to think of what would happen in the months of April and May.

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