TURA, May 14: At a time when the chief minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, has made his intentions clear on rooting out corruption, residents across Garo Hills has questioned the functioning of the Meghalaya Electricity Corporation Limited (MeECL) over the continued load shedding occurring within the state despite there being ample rain.
“This does not make sense. Why are we facing problems of load shedding at this point of time when there is enough rains in the state? The MeECL needs to answer as to why it cannot provide electricity and if load shedding is taking place, what is the reason for it,” said social activist Maxbirth G Momin from Tura, West Garo Hills.
Other quarters have also hit out at the customer service provided by the MeECL whose land lines are never reachable during times of crisis.
Officially till the writing of this report, there has been no communication from the MeECL on reasons for the power shutdown which has left many exasperated.
“Almost all places in Garo Hills is currently under the spell of load shedding which lasts for 3 hours in most places. This is unacceptable and the company needs to provide an answer as to why this is being done at the cost of consumer safety,” added Silning D Sangma, another social activist.
The regulated load shedding has given rise to another more dangerous problem – dacoit gangs. With load shedding generally taking place in the wee hours of the night, the darkness has allowed for small criminal gangs to go on a looting spree, with many cases of theft and loot being reported from places like Tura amongst others.
The situation is reportedly similar all across with Phulbari, Bajengdoba, Resubelpara, Tura, Williamnagar, Baghmara, amongst others facing the same crisis. Even police work in most places has been hit due to the continued shortage of power.
“Given that these are summer months the entire thing just reeks of corruption. If there are problems it needs to be sorted out at the earliest. You just can’t be holding the paying public to ransom by ineptitude. I think it’s high time they righted the wrongs and got things on track. Just look at how Assam has changed over the years and work on it,” added another resident of Williamnagar.
The MeECL department remained unavailable for comment, however when contacted the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills (WGH), Pravin Bakshi said the matter will be looked into and answers sought from the concerned department.