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Anjuna youth for freeze on power connections to new projects

Mapusa: Youth from Anjuna, under the banner of United Youth, have decided to undertake a signature campaign in the village to call for special gram sabha in order to adopt a resolution on stopping issuance of new power connections for major project in the village until the proposed new sub-station is ready.

On Monday, a delegation of youth under the banner of United Youth met executive engineer Shailesh Naik Burye, assistant engineer Robert Noronha, junior engineer Sharad Chodankar and Prajot Shetgaonkar to raise grievances over frequent power cuts which has been casing inconvenience to local residents since a long time. 

The delegation consisting of Gajanand Tilve, Ravi Harmalkar, Laxmidas Chimulkar, Sanjay Kandolkar, Sanjiv Lingudkar and Rakesh Bagkar and others met engineers of electricity department and demanded working out of a permanent solution to reduce sufferings of the villagers.

Raising the issue, Ravi Harmalkar said, “The problem of power cut has been a long pending. The problem exacerbates because of new commercial project in the village for which NOC is given without considering power supply requirements of the village.”

Another youth Gajanand Tilve said, “In order to raise our grievances on power cuts, we will meet the Power Minster soon and request him to expedite the work of proposed substation in Anjuna.”

“We will also launch a signature campaign in the village targeting around 2,000 villagers demanding calling of a special gram sabha to take a resolution asking the local body not to allow construction of any mega project until the new sub-station is ready,” added Tilve.

Executive engineer Shailesh Naik Burye informed that “In order to resolve power woes, we have proposed a new sub-station at Anjuna to cater to the coastal area load. Estimate for the sub-station is already sanctioned by the government and we are constantly following it up and we are targeting to complete it by February. 10 MVA loading will not be problem as there is arrangement for four feeders. Initially two feeders will start so loading problem will be resolved and we are trying to complete as early as possible as there is follow up on ministry level.”

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