Protests against Enzen Global Solutions (NGS), a private company engaged by Cesu to provide electricity-related services to consumers in Dhenkanal and Angul districts, have refused to die down. Locals on 19-01-2013 and 20-01-2013 ransacked the office of Enzen at Angul in protest against the entry of the company to electricity services. They have even threatened not to allow any political leader or minister into the two districts until the agreement signed between Cesu and Enzen is cancelled.
The Cesu had inked a pact with the NGS entrusting the latter with works like maintenance of low transmission (LT) line, meter-reading, vigilance to check power pilferage and bill collection in Dhenkanal electric circle. The circle consists of Dhenkanal, Angul and Talcher electrical divisions.
However, both the Cesu and the NGS faced stiff resistance from people of both Angul and Dhenkanal districts since November 1, 2012. They alleged the company started collecting electricity bills from the consumers without developing infrastructure.
Besides two districts are facing six to eight hours of power cuts every day, alleged Somanatha Rout, an activist. Naba Kishore Guru, president of Dhenkanal Bar Association, said, "Our demand is genuine and we will continue our agitation till the company leaves Dhenkanal."
Executive engineer, Cesu (Dhenkanal) Jitendra Kumar Patra told TOI, "We have put forth their demand to the state government. The government only can take a decision in this regard." Contacted, manager of NGS refused to say anything on the issue.
Source - Times of India