Margao: Irked over the frequent power failures in their areas, Aquem Baixo and Dicarpale residents on Monday gheraoed the Electricity Department’s Assistant Engineer and demanded an immediate solution to the problem.
Aquem Baixo residents complained that the power failure on Sunday badly affected the procession at Dicarpale commemorating the centennial of apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. “It was completely dark on Sunday. We are not going to tolerate such things here on,” warned the Aquem Baixo Sarpanch Siddhesh Bhagat, who led the protest.
The Electricity Department officials informed the residents that the linemen were not available as they had proceeded to Karnataka to vote in the elections.
The residents complained that even after paying bills on time the consumers have to suffer.They said the protest was a wakeup call for Electricity Department and threatened to take to the streets if the problem continues. [H]