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Inequity slur on ASEB

Dhubri, Jan. 4: Tired of the frequent power cuts, residents and social activists of this town are alleging the crisis in Dhubri district has increased owing to discrimination in allotment of power from Gossaigaon power circle.

Traders across the district alleged that nearly 12,000-15,000 trade establishments and nearly 5,000 medium and small-scale industries in the district are running up losses because of prolonged load-shedding in the last few months.

Frequent power cuts have not only affected trade and industry but also hit students preparing for HSLC and HS exams beginning in February this year.

Sushant Kar, a resident of Dhubri town, alleged there was no respite from power cuts and despite protests and locking up the office of the ASEB sub-divisional officer, the situation had not improved.

Social activist Partha Pratim Ghose said Assam requires 840MW power daily but it can generate and purchase power only up to 510MW, of which 60MW is lost in transmission.

“So, the total power supplied to the districts stands at 450MW. However, Dhubri is getting only 7MW power against a daily requirement of 24MW. The power utility is discriminating against Dhubri district,” he said.

He added that after he contacted the chief general manager of State Load Dispatch Centre, H.C. Phukan, he said the distribution unit at Kahilipara in Guwahati distributed power to distribution circles and from there it is supplied to the respective districts.

“The Gossaigaon distribution circle, despite getting its required quota of power, was allegedly not allotting Dhubri town its quota of 12MW. Phukan assured me that he would look into the matter and ensure that residents do not face such trouble,” Ghose said.