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Margao : Shadow Council for Margao(SCM) has criticized Margao Municipal Council for power failure. “The power supply failure for over 2 hours today morning, once again brought to fore the neglect of the power back up system of the server room of the Margao Municipal Council,” SCM.
“The power supply failure caused immense hardships to the public who had come to pay taxes and obtain birth/death certificates at the Margao Municipal Council. Several people were seen standing in ques at the Birth/death certificate window and the Tax window hoping that power would be restored. However, they had to return disappointed as the counters closed thereafter for lunch break. Power supply was restored only after the lunch break,” charged SCM convenor Savio Coutinho.
Speaking to the media, Coutinho stated that these hardships to the general public have now become a routine since the Council hasn’t yet considered this issue as a matter of concern. “During the tenure of the previous Council also, we had highlighted the issue of inverter batteries of the server room not being maintained, and as such, during power supply failure, the entire system goes off”, Coutinho recalls.
“If the Council cannot afford a generator, they should at least provide for a dedicated backup system for the server room and other network systems in the Municipal building”, Coutinho suggested.
During such power supply failure, and in the absence of a power supply backup system, work in all the sections is paralyzed. The cash counters, Entry counter, feeding of Birth/Death records, house tax records etc. all comes to a standstill. As such SCM demands that the Council immediately takes steps to provide uninterrupted public services.
SCM has demanded that the Council immediately set up a generator for the Municipal building so as to provide uninterrupted services to the general public and taxpayers of Margao.