Taking serious note of various problems faced by residents of Airoli and Ghansoli, MLA Sandeep Naik has stepped in to get the same resolved as early as possible. Residents of the area have complained about several problems being faced due to open distribution point (DP) boxes, damaged overhead cables and disproportionate electricity bills. Following the complaints, Naik called on senior officials at Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) to discuss the issues.
“The meeting was held to solve the problems as early as possible. The anti-social elements are taking advantage of load shedding in the area. There has been a steep increase in the cases of chain snatching and other petty crimes during power cuts. Moreover, open DPs and dangerously hanging power cables have increased risk of fatal accidents,” Naik said.
He added that all the complaints of residents about dangerously in stalled transformers, open sub-station and defunct street lights in MIDC area would soon be attended to. It has been decided to hold monthly meetings of people’s representatives, MSEDC officials and general public to review situation.
According to MSEDC Superintending Engineer Dinesh Saboo, “The functioning of the company is affected due to staff crunch, scarcity of funds and long pending demands to create new sub-stations and sub-division.” Naik suggested that the company should priorities the work and use the fund of Rs 205 crore allotted to the department by state government.
Naik also suggested the officials to hold division wise meetings with general public to attend complaints, to form a coordination committee comprising company officials and residents, repair the open distribution points immediately and to convert overhead cobles into underground. “The civic authorities have started the work of underground cables on war footing, But the cooperation form MSEDC is not as desired. The officials from MSEDC is not as desired. The officials from NMMC, CIDCO and MIDC would be deputed on the work to expedite it,” Naik Said.
Saboo said the company would spend Rs 25 Crore on the replacement of old power cables in the city. The work on underground power cables has already started at Airoli, Vashi gaon, Koparkhairane and Nerul which will be completed in six months. “The total cost of the project is Rs 211 crore. The civic body will bare the cost of conversion while MSEDC will bare the cost of repairs,” Saboo said.