Nirjuli without power, residents react

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Agitated over the lack of power supply in Nirjuli Township for a week, angry residents surrounded the Nirjuli Power House and demanded immediate restoration of power supply.
Residents of ‘D’ Sector and Dikrong Colony, Nirjuli have been facing hardship due to power failure since a week as the transformer installed at ‘D’ Sector, Nirjuli had burst on Wednesday last, snapping power to entire ‘D’ Sector area Nirjuli and part of Dikrong Colony.
KolmaYogin Youth Association (KYYA), President, Nabam Laya and General Secretary Chera T Ngoha in a press release on Tuesday informed that the transformer had burst due to overload since it was not a high power transformer which was actually needed for the said area.
They alleged that the Assistant Engineer of Nirjuli section had informed that the department cannot replace the old transformer but can only repair it, which would take much time.
“The Junior Engineer and Assistant Engineer have simply assured us that they would look into the matter on priority and repair the damaged transformer within three days, but a whole week has passed without any action on their part’, he claimed and appealed to the local MLA and Power Minister to look into the matter and release adequate fund for purchasing a new high power transformer for the area immediately.
Meanwhile, police sources informed that the crowd is under control and officials from the Power and Police departments held negotiations with the agitating residents. The Power Department reportedly assured to restore power supply by late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.