DIBRUGARH, June 10: Dibrugarh town has been facing frequent unscheduled power cuts/load shedding since the beginning of June. People confined inside their homes due to lockdown have to face the brunt of the summer heat due to lack of electric supply.
Despite tall claims by the Assam government to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply, it seemed that it was just a joke for the government.
Every day the people of Dibrugarh have to face the problems of power cuts, a local said.
Recently, Assam power minister Bimal Bora said, “Before power cuts, the APDCL should inform their consumers, making them ready before such cuts. We are taking all measures to upgrade the whole system.”
“Frequent power cuts have been a major problem in Dibrugarh. During peak hours, power has been regularly cut in the main areas of Dibrugarh town. For the last five years, the government has been trying to solve the problems of frequent power cuts but failed to solve the problem,” said Bipin Choudhury, a resident of Dibrugarh.
“Due to the lockdown, we are already confined to our homes but it is also a problem for us because of frequent power cuts in our locality. Especially during summer time, we have to face this problem. We tried to make a complaint to the number issued by the APDCL but they didn’t give us the answer about the power cuts,” alleged Choudhury.
Talking to this correspondent, Abhijit Saikia, assistant general manager (AGM), APDCL, Dibrugarh said, “We have opened a Facebook page where we give every information to the consumers about the power cuts. Sometimes, we have to shut down due to the clearance of vegetation from the high-power lines.”
When the correspondent asked, Assam government’s claim on 24-hours uninterrupted power supply, the AGM Abhijit Saikia said, “We have given a proposal for 24×7 power supply but due to shortage of funds the work has been delayed.”