Siraha village blames NEA for transformer installation delay
People of Hanuman Chowk say they bought a transformer unit on their own after the NEA did not bother to get one
May 3, 2016-Residents of Hanuman Chowk in Dhangadhimai municipality-7 of Siraha district have accused the Lahan-based Nepal Electricity Authority’s (NEA) office of delaying the transformer installation work.
According to them, they had bought a transformer unit on their own after the NEA did not bother to install one despite their several requests, and now the latter is unwilling to help them with the installation.
“We had collected Rs 361,000 among ourselves and purchased the transformer six months ago. The electricity authority has been ignoring our request to install the system,” said Ram Chandar Mahato, a local resident.
There are 27 households in Hanuman Chowk and most of them rely on farming. They say that once the area is connected to the power grid, they could irrigate their farms.
“For us, watering our farms is more important than lighting our homes,” said Mahato.
NEA Lahan Chief Madhav Prasad Yadav denied the allegation made by the people of Hanuman Chowk. He said the delay was caused because they lacked some equipment required for installation.
“We could not buy the equipment because of prolonged protest in the Tarai region,” Yadav said. He pledged the people of Hanuman Chowk to install the transformer at the earliest.
Published: 03-05-2016 08:31