Traders in Pudukottai submit memorandum to officials seeking curtailment of power holiday
THANJAVUR: Villagers and members of several political parties staged a novel agitation by conducting a ‘funeral procession’ for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board at Mariammankovil near here on Friday condemning the six-and-a-half hours power cut and also frequent power failure in several parts of Thanjavur district.
Organised by the Grama Podu Nala Committee of Mariammankovil, the villagers made a ‘paadai’ and placed waste electrical equipments. Women sang ‘oppari’ (mourning song) and one of the men in the crowd carried the funeral pyre while another man tonsured his head before taking out the funeral procession though the police and revenue officials prevented the agitators from taking out the procession.
Leaders of political parties participated in the agitation.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has announced the following revised load shedding time in Tiruvarur district with effect from Friday:
Tiruvarur, Adiyakkamangalam, Adhampur, Velangudi, Perugavazhndan, Peralam, Koradachery, Mavur, Perumpannayur, Nannilam, Tirukkuvalai and Kachanam – 3 a.m. to 4.30 a.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kovilvanni, Kodavasal, Ammapettai, Haridwaramangalam, Natham, Needamangalam, Kangeyanagaram, Thiruvidachery, Malagaram, Semmangudi and Tirucherai – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. till midnight.
Tiruthuraipoondi, Vadakovanur, Kottur, Alangadu, Nallur and Voimedu – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. till midnight.
Mannargudi, Vadapathimangalam, Koothanallur, Paruthikottai, Sundakottai, Ullikottai, Korayar, Kattakudi, Kanur, Edamelayur and part of Paravakottai - 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Orathanadu sub-station areas coming under Tiruvarur district – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Vadaseri, Paravakottai, Thalikottai, Madukkur and Muthupettai areas – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. till midnight.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce of Aranthangi on Friday took out a procession in Aranthangi, protesting the extended power shutdown.
Led by the president of the Chamber L. Kailsanathan, they marched through the thoroughfares in the town and reached the office of the Executive Engineer of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board where they submitted a memorandum to the officials. Mr. Kailsanathan said that the power trip would hard hit the members of the trading community, particularly in the wake of the Deepavali season. The memorandum sought the curtailment in the power holiday, he added.