Power dept looks to ensure uninterrupted supply during polls
Kolkata: The state Power department has taken up initiatives to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all the polling stations and counting centres during the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay has already issued necessary instructions to various bodies that fall under the Power department. The minister has sought a report from his department officials on the blueprint regarding the steps that are being taken by various organisations under its fold.
The minister will go through the report and assess the overall power supply system in the state, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He will also hold a meeting with the senior officials of his department in this regard and issue necessary guidelines.
Chattopadhyay said steps have been taken so that no polling personnel and voters face any difficulty due to a power cut at any polling station. The elections will be conducted during scorching summer heat and hence uninterrupted power supply will be of paramount importance.
All the officials of the Power department have been asked to remain alert to ensure that there no power cut in any pocket.
If there is any problem regarding power supply reported from any particular area, the Power department officials and engineers have to act on a war footing and address the issue in the minimum possible time.
After being instructed by the minister, all the senior officials of the department are working hard to chalk out a comprehensive plan in order to ensure that there is no power cut in any villages either.
The minister instructed that the West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL), West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) and other private companies that are involved in the process should ensure that there is no shortage in the production and supply of power.
If there are any technical issues that appear during the routine check up, they must be addressed well ahead of the polling days in the respective areas.
It may be mentioned that elections would be conducted in the state in seven phases, starting from April 11 and ending on May 19.