Franchisee employees strikes - Aurangabad fell into darkness

Sunday, 16 November 2014 08:25 Harikumar B
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GTL UrjaClose to 80 per cent of the Aurangabad remained without power for over 16 hours till 15-11-2014 afternoon following a two-day strike called by the employees of GTL Urja Limited, the outgoing power franchisee. In addition, there were hours of water cuts - a cascading effect of the ceasework.

Interruption in power for about 10-12 hours at the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) water filtration plant at Nakshatrawadi led to a severe scarcity of water on Saturday, affecting parts like the railway station area, areas in Cidco, Garkheda, Jinsi and Champa Chowk. Many commercial and industrial units suffered heavy losses.

All 1,200 employees of GTL Urja went on strike on 14-11-2014 and 15-11-2014, opposing the move of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) taking over Aurangabad's power supply system from GTL Urja Limited from Monday. GTL Urja employees have refused to rectify power failures or operate the system.

The AMC on Saturday warned that power cuts would affect the city's water supply system and that it could take a couple of days to streamline the system. AMC deputy engineer U G Shirsat said that power cuts at the pumping station would disturb the system on Sunday and Monday. The city is expected to receive only 50-60 MLD water on Saturday, against its normal demand of 130 MLD. The Aurangabad City Water Utility Company Limited (ACWUCL) also released a communique on Saturday on the water scarcity the city would face on Sunday.

Power cuts were reported from 8 pm on Friday and continued till noon on Saturday. In some areas, it continued till 2 pm. Schools, colleges, government offices, private institutes and shops also experienced power failure. Banking transactions in many private and public sector banks were delayed for long periods on Saturday. With traffic control signals switched off, long queues of vehicles were seen on Saturday morning at Jalna Road, Baba petrol pump chowk, Askashwani Chowk, Cidco and Central bus stand chowk.

In June 2014, former municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble and MSEDCL officers had said an uninterrupted power supply would be arranged for the Nakshatrawadi filtration plant through an express feeder line. The AMC is yet to make any progress on the project.

Source- TOI