PARADIP: Villagers of Paradip, Kujang, Tirtol and Erasama in Jagatsinghpur district on Saturday locked the CESU office here protesting frequent power cuts in rural areas. They alleged that though the State Government recently announced that there would be no power cut till May 20,
Cesu authorities are resorting to power cut in Paradip and Enzen is resorting to power cut in Jagatsinghpur areas. While there is no respite from sweltering heat, frequent power cuts have added to the woes of the people.
Power supply is being disrupted for two hours daily from 9 am to 11 am in four blocks. Non-availability of drinking water due to power cut has worsened the situation, they added.
Piped water supply projects in Balikuda, Biridi, Naugoan and other areas of this district are not functioning due to load-shedding. Similarly, in Tarenigada, Bijaychandpur and Udayabat under Paradip Municipality, frequent power cuts have been reported, they said. When contacted, CESU officials said due to overload, transformers and feeders get tripped which leads to power outage in the area. Later, Paradip Lock Police rushed to the spot and pacified the irate villagers.