Mapusa: Various issues pertaining to electricity in Mapusa were discussed at a joint meeting of Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) and electricity officials.
During the meeting, the electricity officials informed the elected representatives about various proposals and estimates prepared by the department for improvement of power supply in Mapusa constituency.
These include underground cabling of 11 KV overhead cables wherein estimates are prepared, installation of new transformers, estimates of which are also prepared and submitted, new substation at Karaswada which is expected to be operational in one year, besides two additional feeders for Mapusa that have been proposed.
The joint meeting was held on Tuesday at the civic chairperson Ryan Braganza’s cabin and it was attended by six councillors Sandip Falari, Sudhir Kandolkar, Rajsingh Rane, Sanjay Mishal, Kavita Arlekar and chairperson himself along with municipal engineer Venkatesh Sawant. The electricity officials were led by executive engineer Pradip Narvekar, assistant engineer Subhash Parsekar, junior engineers Savio Ferrao, Shripad Gawade and Resha Pednekar.
Councillors raised issue of non-functional streetlights in the municipal jurisdiction. Sandip Falari said that “LED streetlights have been more of a trouble.”
An engineer replied that “we are supposed to get 704 LED streetlights for Mapusa and there is a problem with automatic switch. During Ganesh festival, we had put our linesmen on the job, who used to manually switch on the streetlights and, hence, there was no issue.”
The councillors questioned when the streetlights would be functional whether it would be before Diwali or not. Executive engineer Pradip Naik said that “we cannot give an assurance that by Diwali all streetlights will be operational as the maintenance job has been outsourced.”
The electricity officials requested the municipality to get overgrown trees in the jurisdiction pruned. Assistant engineer Subhash Parsekar thanked councillors for their help during the recent squall and requested MMC to provide assistance in trimming branches that are leaning on overhead lines.
Chairperson Ryan Braganza assured to extend help and asked the department to give a list of overgrown trees.
The engineers informed that a new transformer behind Café Corner has been installed and in next 15 days it will be charged. The engineers also highlighted issue of old lines in the municipal market and said that three transformers which are installed near the fish market need to be upgraded. Chairperson Braganza assured to look into space allocation for the same. [NT]