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The Dibrugarh town in Assam has been reeling under frequent unscheduled power cuts since the beginning of June this year.

People confined to their homes due to the lockdown have to face the brunt of the summer heat in absence of power supply.

The Assam government had claimed to provide uninterrupted power supply round the clock in the state, which is yet to materialize.

Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL), which supplies power to the state is reeling under severe crisis to solve the problem of load shedding.

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Assam power minister Bimal Bora recently said that the APDCL should inform its consumers prior to power cuts because everybody has work to do at their homes.

He said that the power department is taking all measures to upgrade the entire system.

“During peak hours, power supply is disrupted in the main areas of the town. The government has simply failed to solve the problem of powercuts,” said Bipin Choudhury, a resident of Dibrugarh.

“Due to lockdown, we are already confined to our homes. It is hard to stay indoors without power supply during such hot weather,” Choudhury said.

“If we lodge our complaint in the number issued by the APDCL, we do not get any response,” he said.

Assistant general manager of APDCL Dibrugarh, Abhijit Saikia said, “We have opened a Facebook page where we provide information on the power cuts to the public.”

“Sometimes we have to shutdown when we have to clear the trees that grow in the way through which high power lines pass,” said Saikia.

The APDCL has given a proposal for round the clock uninterrupted power supply, but the work has been delayed due to lack of funds.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: