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Constant power cuts in Vasco irk residents, shopkeepers

VASCO: Constant power failures in and around Vasco have left the residents sulking. However, the power department attributes the problem to
overhead wires which come in contact with each other when strong winds blow.
Residents of Vasco have expressed ire over the situation saying that they have to face a lot of inconvenience due to constant blackouts.
A shop owner from Mormugao municipal market in Vasco, Krishna Naik, said that shopkeepers in the market are fed up with power cuts.
“Most of the dairy units selling perishable products are the worst affected. They sometimes suffer losses due to wastage of milk products,” Naik said.
He said most of the shopkeepers usually do not raise their voice against the authorities, but this time some of them were compelled to do so.
Other shopkeepers from Vasco and wholesale fish sellers also expressed their ire against the authorities over frequent power outages.
A citizen Kalpesh Jain said that despite several complaints to the electricity department by the shopkeepers from Vasco KTC bus stand, the authorities have failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
He said the Power Minister Milind Naik should personally intervene in the matter to see that the problem of constant power cuts in Vasco is resolved.
A housewife Sarika Shirodkar from Vasco said, “Sometimes scheduled power shutdown can be managed, but power cuts without intimation is annoying.”
When contacted, the executive engineer of Vasco electricity department Gopinathan Pillai said that heavy rain accompanied by strong winds is a major cause of power cuts.
“Power failure occurs when overhead live wires come in contact with each other owing to strong winds,” Pillai said, adding insulators also contribute to power cuts due to water leakage.
“The electricity department is trying its level best to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people, but we cannot compete with weather conditions that lead to power cuts,” he added.

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