CESC staff seek protection

Protest: Employees of the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation taking out a rally in Hassan on Monday.

Protest: Employees of the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation taking out a rally in Hassan on Monday.  

Staff Correspondent

Residents of Bhuvanahalli tie linemen to tree

HASSAN: Bhuvanahalli, which is 6 km from Hassan, has mostly farmers as residents. All these days, they were getting power supply from urban feeder for their irrigation pumpsets, but now things will be different.

According to a Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) directive, efforts are on to bifurcate urban feeders from rural ones. Also, the Bhuvanahalli feeder will be connected to the rural feeder. Following this, there was no power supply in the village on Saturday as well as on Sunday. The residents were aware of the ongoing work, but despite this, they called the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) office here and complained of a power shutdown.

Four linemen went to the village, but the residents tied them to a tree for several hours and freed them only after the arrival of senior police and Energy Department officers.

On Monday, hundreds of CESC employees, led by the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. Employees’ Association office-bearers, took out a protest rally and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding security for CESC personnel. They also lodged a complaint with the police.

Executive Engineer of CESC Keshavamurthy told presspersons here on Monday that there were 13 farmers who were legally using power for their irrigation pumpsets in the village while 12 were using unauthorised connections. The owners of the unauthorised connections were asked to become regular consumers, but they did not bother to listen to the directive.

Mr. Keshavamurthy said some news channels had glorified the action taken by the people against the linemen and portrayed the CESC as the villain of the whole show. He feared that such incidents might occur in other villages too and appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to provide its personnel security cover. He urged the Superintendent of Police to arrest the farmers who were responsible for the incident.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Subbaraya Kamat, who received the memorandum, assured them that suitable action would be taken against those responsible.

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