Report in The Hindu on TANGEDCO staff demanding money for fixing cables
This is a long standing problem in Tamil Nadu during the last few years, faced by the people.
Whenever there is heavy rain, as happened recently in Tamil Nadu, in several places, the underground cable get damaged resulting in power disruption for the people living in the area. If a request would be made to local TANGEDCO officials to restore the power supply, it would be said that they do not have cable in stock and it would take atleast one month to place an indent to get the cable from the department. Therefore, the affected consumers are asked to buy the cable and also pay the contractor for laying the cable .
The consumers have no alternative other than supplying the cable and paying the contractor as recommended by local TANGEDCO officials, since they cannot go without power for several days.
Very rarely people send a complaint to the higher authorities in TANGEDCO, since the consumers are afraid that in that case, the local TANGEDCO officials would not cooperate and would not attend to work promptly in case of supply failure in future. Further, if they would make a complaint , they would be asked to substantiate the complaint which require attending several meetings and considerable paper work and spending time . Finally, consumers are not sure that the higher officials in TANGEDCO would take note of the complaint and intervene to solve the problem.
The underground cables are costly . Many times, the people in the affected area join together and pool their resources to buy the cable and pay the contractor. This is not the end of the story. After laying the cables, the TANGEDCO officials at the local level may have to be paid some extra money to restore the connection and power supply.
This above situation is an open secret in Tamil Nadu
Since The Hindu , which is known for fair and credible reporting , has published this news, It is hoped that the top officials in TANGEDCO and concerned electricity minister in Tamil Nadu would take effective steps to save the consumers from such harassment.