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Arunachal Pradesh Districts Plunge into Darkness

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Itanagar: Dibang Valley district has been reeling under darkness due to absence of electricity for seven days now, owing to siltation in the hydel stations.

Reportedly, there is complete absence of basic requirements such as electricity, water supply, road connectivity, due to incessant rains for the past 14 days, followed by massive landslides at various points between Anini and Roing, the headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district, an official report informed here on Friday. “The citizens are crying for want of essential services because the lifeline has been cut off completely and restoration of roads will take its own time, depending on the deployment of adequate logistics,” the report said.

Meanwhile, Lohit and Namsai also plunged into darkness following collapse of high tension tower No 43 of 132 KV line in between Pasighat and Pangin on July 16 last.

“It reinstallation may take at least a week even by working on war footing or else may take 15 days or more depending on availability of materials”, power department sources informed, adding landslides crumbled live wire due to falling of tree on July 13 which intensified the problem.

“Though restoration work has started but all the efforts of power department which maintains the line from Hoj (Lower Subansiri) to Pasighat (East Siang), hard to provide uninterrupted power supply was made futile by the nature fury,” rued the sources. The alternative 33 KV line from Rupai in Assam to Mahadevpur-Namsai-Tezu-Roing is insufficient to meet peak hour resulting in frequent load shedding.


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