Furore spills out when a commoner gets deprived of a basic need like electricity. Specific locations like Pisoli, Dhayri Phata, Hadapsur and Dhanori face hardships on a regular basis; and to curb this problem from the core, the state government has directed the Pune Municipal Corporation to set up electricity coordination committees.
A total of eight such committees, according to the constituencies in Pune will be formed to oversee all the problems like frequent power cuts, power lapses and many more.
At present, such committees exist at the district and taluka levels. The state believes that electricity is a crucial service and that the project will improve coordination and power supply.
Medha Kulkarni, MLA of Kothrud constituency threw more light on this initiative saying,
It is a positive move to give a new platform to citizens to register their complaints. Everyone has a right to get power supply; nobody can deny this service. There are so many people facing issues related to power outages, overhead wires, poor power connections, dangerous laying of underground wires and so on. The project will ensure that all these concerns are addressed immediately.
To regulate this issue more effectively, the state government has directed the civic chief to form the committees within a month and conduct meetings every 3 months. The committee will include the executive engineer of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials, 10 corporators from every constituency, tehsildars, two non-government organisations (NGO), two people working in the electricity field and consumers from industrial, residential, commercial and education sectors. Every committee’s chairman will be appointed by the area’s Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA).
Sundar Latpate, Superintendent Engineer, MSEDCL, Rasta Peth Circle, said,
The committee will help solve consumer problems. It will also be used for better coordination between different agencies. Right now, we are not in touch with local corporators. Now that the corporators would be a part of the committee, it will help tackle the problems better.
The committee members will review electricity bill recovery and pending power connection requests, monitor project work, take steps to prevent power theft in their respective areas, among other things.
Vivek Velenkar, a civic activist dealing with issues related to electricity from Sajag Nagrik Manch, expressed the view,
The purpose is good, but I don’t think it will work in the public’s favour. Most committee members hail from political parties and they will use the platform to garner votes.
Information source: punemirror