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Banna fasts over power demands

Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta launched an indefinite hunger strike on Monday, the second time in the past two years, to protest against erratic power supply in Mango and its surrounding areas.

Sitting at a park near Sonari airport with around 200 supporters, the Congress legislator said he wouldn’t leave the spot until the East Singhbhum administration and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) came up with concrete measures to fulfil his demands.

Gupta has been campaigning for a better supply network to connect Gamharia grid with Mango, Sonari and Kadma, besides setting up a new sub-station at Baliguma to improve the power situation.

This apart, he has been demanding an electric crematorium at a burning ghat near Fagu Baba in Sonari.

“Residents of Mango are getting electricity only for around 17 hours a day even during winter, when consumption is less and the load is comparatively low. Imagine, what will be the situation during the summer,” he said.

On April 28, 2012, the Congress leader had launched a fast-unto-death on the same issue. But, he withdrew the stir after JSEB officials promised to improve the situation within a month. “I have waited for more than a year, but JSEB has failed to keep its promise,” Gupta added.

General manager, JSEB, Singhbhum area, O.P. Ambaste said poles were bring erected to supply power from Gamharia grid and work would be complete by February. “I have apprised the MLA about it, and told him that the power situation in Mango would improve by February,” said Ambaste.

However, he added, work on the proposed sub-station at Baliguma could not be started owing to land problems.