Tura, June 11: Meghalaya's Phulbari town in West Garo Hills, about 90km from here, is without electricity for the last four days. The town is represented in Meghalaya Assembly by Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.
The local residents are agitated since the disruption of electricity has posed a severe problem. The public health engineering (PHE) department, which is responsible for supplying drinking water, is unable to do so.
"This is not the first time this has happened and I am sure that this will not be the last. We generally face as many as 20-30 power cuts everyday along with low voltage towards the evening. However, there has to be an end to this unprofessional conduct of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MECL). What exactly are they doing?" questioned activist Treepon Sangma. Another resident, John Sangma, said, "Some people in the department are always passing the buck. Even when there is no major fault, they find an excuse for the power cut."
"We are now facing drinking water problems and there is no one in the electricity office in Phulbari whom we can approach," the angry residents alleged.
They said the sub-divisional officer of MECL had switched off his phone and they have no option but to appeal through media. "We don't know whom to approach and do not understand why these people are still getting their salary when they cannot even provide a basic service," Zinba Sangma, a local resident, lamented.