Sullia: In the middle of severe power-cuts in the taluk and in the wake of the infamous episode of telephonic spat between the energy minister and a consumer from Bellare, some members of the MESCOM advisory committee have issued a statement which squarely blames the local MLA.
There has been a public perception that while the taluk is suffering from acute shortage of power, two mainstream political parties are engaged in the blame-game and mud-slinging.
While the BJP blames the Congress party, which is ruling the state now, for not taking suitable steps, the latter shoots back with the question as what their party did when they were in power during their tenure some years ago.
MESCOM advisory committee members, Dinesh Ambekallu, B C Vasant, S M Bapu Saheb, Tejprakash Budleguttu, Sunil Rai, Shyamala Mohan, Muhammed Ali and Anasuya Peruvaje, convened a media meet on Friday and explained the background of the power crisis.
The state government had appointed them as members of the committee under the presidentship of sitting MLA S Angara on April 28, 2015.
The government circular has specified convening of meetings of the committee once in every three months.
The very first meeting was held on Sep 27, 2015. When the matters of power crunch and the urgent need for a 110kV sub-station were raised therein, the MLA had said that the subject would be discussed at the district level, with an assurance that a solution would be worked out in three months.
During the past five months, the MLA had neither got the problem solved nor convened the next meeting. The members said that the power issue was only because of the MLA’s inaction.
They also accused that the MLA himself had taken objection to the route identified by the MESCOM officials for laying of a new 110kV line.
They also demanded the withdrawal of MLA’s objection letter and that a meeting of the committee be soon convened.