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Traders on power protest path

BJP workers burn an effigy of state power minister Rajendra Prasad Singh at Randhir Verma Chowk in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad, Aug. 24: The Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industries has taken to nukkad natak for mobilising support in its fight against power crisis in the district.

Members of the trade outfit today organised street plays at Rangatand, Saraidhela, Purana Bazar, Station Road and Bazar Samiti Chowk, exhorting common people to raise their voice against an indifferent state power board that has been unable to solve the problem so far.

The federation members will stage similar shows at Bank More, Bastacola, Jharia, Karkenda, Matkuria and other places tomorrow and urge local residents to joint their proposed demonstration on Tuesday.

Forced to go without power for 12-14 hours daily for the past few weeks, local traders had called on general manager of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) Dhanesh Jha on Friday, demanding uninterrupted supply.

Also, the angry businessmen had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the power board to resolve the crisis and fulfill their every other demand.

Their five-point charter includes repair of faulty transformers, steps to resolve all other power-related issues and a helpline for common people to register their complaints.

Speaking to The Telegraph, trader body’s president Rajiv Sharma said if the situation did not improve even after Tuesday’s token protest, they would urge people to stop paying power bills.

“The district caters to the country’s need for coal that is used for producing power. Yet, the people of the district are forced to live in the dark. The JUVNL must explain why common people should pay bills if they do not get power supply for even 12 hours a day,” he said.

Sharma said they would intensify their protest if the board failed to initiate corrective measures immediately. “We have asked elected representatives to co-operate with us on this issue,” he added.

Asked about the reason, JUVNL general manager Jha said the DVC had reduced production, triggering the crisis in Dhanbad, Bokaro and some other districts.

“As a result, Dhanbad has been receiving only around 130-140MW from DVC against the requirement of 185MW,” he explained.

On the proposed stir, Jha said they were trying their best to improve the supply and had been in touch with top DVC officials. “I have requested the traders to wait for a few days. Talks are on with DVC,” he added.

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