FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, April 28: Silchar town has been plagued by problems. It is of frequent power-cuts which has created a mece and affected normal life of the residents of this town. Power-cuts have become so regular that it continues with short breaks in between. Regular power-cuts have made it difficult for the students to study and employees to work. Abhishek Roy, a sixth standard student, said, “Exams are approaching. The supply of electricity has become so uncertain at times that is creating difficulty for me.” Students are the worst-sufferers since they are bound to study and complete their home tasks assigned by their teachers.
Summer season with its uncomfortable heat and sultriness is yet to arrive in the town. But the unprecedented load shedding has shown people a glimpse of the coming months. Owing to the arrival of monsoon and summer season, people have already started showing signs of worries and tension. Not only the students and employees, patients have also to suffer. “This is just a trailer and the full picture is yet to emerge. I am a patient and this season makes me more uncomfortable. Irregular supply of electricity aggravates the situation,” said Ashish Bhattacharjee, 57, a cardiac patient.
Over the years, Barak Valley has seen many protests and demonstrations. The State Government seems to keep mum. Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (central Assam zone) seems to be helpless to improve the situation. An altertive source of current is inverter, but it needs adequate amount of charging. “If the regular power-cuts continue, then it is impossible for an inverter to get fully charged up,” said Bikash Deb, 30, who runs a shop where inverters are charged on rental basis. Inverters at a stretch, needs a minimum of 12 hours of charging, he added to say.
Controlling the heat and humidity of the season is definitely beyond one’s control, but the problem of irregular supply of electricity can be solved. Every year, not only the residents of Silchar but of the valley in general have to suffer from this problem. The authorities concerned must take some measures to tone down the problem before a series of protests and agitations heats up the town.