Panaji: The much expected pre-monsoon showers hit the State last night, but even after the rains are over, majority of the state has plunged in darkness. The currents were put off during the rain last night but were never restored in many of the areas of the State.
The State Power department is going through its worst ever situation with minister Pandurang Madkaikar failing to handle the portfolio. The locals are now demanding that the portfolio be handed over to someone who can handle it properly, and not with Madkaikar who has been highly inefficient.
As the rains started midnight, due to thunders, the power department put off the currents as a part of protocol. But even after rains went off, the electricity was resumed in very few parts of the State. Rest of the state remains under darkness.
The inquiries revealed that the rural areas like Canacona, Sanguem, Bicholim, Quepem, Sattari has remained without current till morning. The power supply has been very erratic in these areas and with the soaring mercury people are forced to face the worst situations.
The current showers are part of the pre monsoon phenomenon which is annually expected by the power department. Why is the department not equipped to handle it? Does this mean that in the monsoons every time there will be rain, there will be no current for days together? Are we going backward?
It’s high time that Madkaikar should give away Power portfolio as it is very important department for the locals. State government should hand it over to some other efficient minister.