Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madurai Consumer Protection Centre has called upon the State Government to crack down on extravagant functions that consume a lot of power and electricity theft.

Stringent punishments must be imposed on those who indulged in power theft to wipe out the menace. There should be no leniency in this regard, its general secretary G. Munisamy said in a press release.

Even though Madurai was the biggest city in the State after Chennai, it was suffering from several hours of power supply disruptions every day. Load shedding at night hours was posing several problems.

While on the one hand mosquitoes were giving a tough time to the residents, on the other hand fear of robbers were giving them nightmares.

Nod for factories

The government should consider the power situation before giving permission for foreign multinational corporations to establish factories in the State, said Mr. Munisamy. The State Government should initiate action at the earliest to ensure that there was no power cut in Tamil Nadu, the forum said.