Villages in West Khasi Hills living in darkness

Tura, Sep 1: Residents of Mallangkona, a village in West Khasi Hills have continued to live without electricity supply for quite a while now.

The villagers have repeatedly sought the facilitation of power supply to the hamlets but the officials concerned have remained apathetic to their demand.

The areas under Mallangkona are amongst the most backward with road connectivity being one of the major issue – a trip to Riangdoh (the nearest PS) – 40 kms away – takes close to 3 hours. The problems of the people have now just grown manifold with electricity becoming the latest concern.

According to residents of the area, villages under Mallangkona including Rangseng, Dobakdrop, Aberam, Agreng, Madanjira, Amagaon, Sildubi, Mallangkhasi, Huhuapara and Siminaguri have been without electricity for a while after faults developed in the line.

The residents of the village said that they have appealed to MeECL and various heads to solve the situation, but fake assurances are all they got in return.

Since the development of the fault however, no MeECL official or lineman has come to look into the issue for it to be taken care of. Locals added that there was no lineman for all the villagers and was something that needed to be taken up immediately so that consumers did not suffer.

“Mallangkona is totally neglected by MeCEL. People are facing hardship due to frequent power failure. The concerned authorities should look into the matter and address the problem of the people. We have been in darkness for quite a while now,” said a local resident Rangkin Marak.

Another resident stated that when a meeting was held with the MeECL authorities, the suggestion given by them was to set up a meeting to put pressure to get the process rectified.

“Unfortunately it became a huge task. We wanted to demand manpower (lineman) and for the reduction of the bills as we only got electricity only once a week or sometimes, three times a month but the meeting was never held,” said another resident.

Residents have now demanded the appointment of at least one lineman to take care of the villages under Mallangkona.

“The area is huge and needs support from MeECL authorities. Unfortunately we have been neglected on this front for quite some time. As paying customers, there is some level of service we expect from the company, but the service here is in name only,” pointed another.

The villagers further stated that they should not be left in the lurch and deserved to be treated fairly.

“I hope the government puts its foot down on the matter or we are in for a hard few months, maybe years,” added Marak.

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