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Panaji: Amidst criticism for frequent power cuts in the State, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar today asked the State Electricity Department to prepare Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be adopted to avoid power shut downs.

Parrikar, who is currently holding portfolio of Electricity department as the concerned minister Pandurang Madkaikar remains hospitalized in Mumbai, chaired the High Level meeting of department officials along with District Administration.

“The Chief minister held meeting with officials of electricity department. CM directed the officials to create Standard Operating Procedure for annual maintenance and trimming of trees so that untoward power outages are prevented during monsoons,” CMO has said in a statement released after the meeting.

“It was decided during the meeting that division wise meetings will be held from July, along with concerned MLAs to understand and resolve local power supply issues. Other issues and bottlenecks for upgradation of power infrastructure in the state were also discussed,” the CMO said.

State Chief Electrical Engineer Neelkanth Reddy emerging from the meeting said that the chief minister took stock of the situation on power front and issued several instructions.

He said that the rampant road digging due to ongoing infrastructural projects like expansion of the National Highways is resulting into cutting of the cables due to which there are power outages.

The chief minister, he said, has ordered to form a committee, to be headed by District Collector, which will give permission for the road diggings for any kind of projects.

Reddy said that there is currently a ban on road digging for three months beginning from May 15. “This committee will be functional all year around including the current ban period. All the projects will have take permission of this committee before road digging,” he said.

The committee will comprise of representatives from all the departments, he added.

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