The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC) has begun to employ a gang of 10 persons for each of its 13 sub-divisions on a war-footing to combat power exigencies during the forthcoming rainy season.

This was disclosed by CESC Managing Director M. Mahadev when SOM contacted him at his office today to elicit information on the resumption of power supply to various extensions in city which was snapped by strong gale and rains recently.

Elaborating on the subject, Mahadev said, "Hitherto Dhanush teams of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) used to combat emergencies when trees and branches fall during rain and gale. Those teams do not exist now and in such events we have to seek the assistance of Forest Department staff, who have their own constraints and priorities. Hence the 10-member gangs are being appointed on a temporary basis who will be provided with all the needed equipment to address all eventualities caused during heavy rains. Once the new government is formed, the CESC gangs will be regularised."

Referring to the power supply breakdown recently, Mahadev said, "The heavy gale during the recent rains brought down about 150 branches and uprooted 20 trees in the city. Though CESC staff swung into action immediately, owing to staff crunch, the restoration of power was done in a phased manner, resulting in a few extensions not receiving power supply for two days. Adding to the misery, about 150 light poles fell down, snapping the cables. Permission has been sought from the Forest Department to cut branches of all trees hanging precariously over power transmission cables."

Summing up, Mahadev opined that the CESC, Forest Department and MCC should work is tandem to have the best result in city and serve the residents efficiently.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore