HERALD: Electricity Dept has few men to power up Vasco

[An interesting issue for Vascokars. Would you buy the usual official
argument that short-staff is to blame? In a state which has the highest
bureaucracy-per-capita, we keep hearing this version. Any opinions? FN]


Herald, Monday, Dec 26, 2006


MORMUGAO, Dec 25 — Given the high density of industrial and domestic
buildings in the port town, one would have imagined that the Electricity
Department would be present in full strength.

On the contrary, the acute shortage of staff at the Electricity
Department has posed a number of problems in the maintenance of power
supply at Vasco.

Residents have complained that officials are rarely at the department to
attend to electricity-related complaints.

The general grouse is that officials either don’t lift the phone or
simply state that linesmen are attending to a complaint.

At times, angry locals have literally forced the linesmen to come out of
the office and restore a faulty line.

Speaking to Herald, Executive Engineer Lakshmanan S explained that the
deparmtnt is faced with acute shortage of manpower.

“Many have retired and their posts are yet to be filled up,” said

According to the Executive Engineer, the Mormugao Sub-Div IV presently
has 21 linesmen and three JEs, though the actual requirement is 35
linesmen. The Vasco Sub-Div, he added, has 53 linesmen as opposed to the
actual requirement is 75 linesmen.

“Due to shortage of linesmen, when any power is disrupted simultaneously
at two places, the linesmen cannot attend to both calls at the same
time. Peopledon’t always understand the difficulty the department faces
due to lack of staff,” said Lakshmanan. “Sometimes, the department
cannot even dispatch the required number of linesmen to solve the

Commenting on the erratic behaviour of linesmen at the complaint’s
section, he pointed out that linesmen are already burdened with other
complaints and tend to snap at people who insist on immediate
restoration of a faulty line. Lakshmanan, however, promised to look into
the matter.

The Executive Engineer informed that one once the new line starts from
the Kadamba bus stand, the problem in the city would be solved and
added, the workload on the city linesman would be reduced.

He also mentioned that the department will install a new transformer at
the Kadamba bus stand power station, which will also benefit parts of
Mangor area. (ENDS)

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