Mangalore, Jun 2: Activists of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Kulur unit staged a protest over various issues related to MESCOM. And chaos prevailed at the office of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) Ltd due to this on Monday.
The protest was first held outside the office. They wanted to submit a memorandum to MESCOM with various demands like installation of a sub-station at Kulur and division of Kavoor sub-station. However, none of the MESCOM officials came to accept the memorandum. Angered by this, the protestors barged into the building and geared the MESCOM office.
Kulur corporator Dayanand Shetty addressing the protest said, “Kavoor sub-station has 8 wards under it and it is finding it difficultt to function efficiently. Lack of staff and inadequate facilitites have further worsened the situation. Out of 20 posts, only 10 are filled. All this has been going on for years, but no action has been taken to rectify the problem. Electricity bills are not issued properly and many a time, there are mistakes in the bills. It is the people who bear the brunt of Mescom’s inefficiency. This has to stop and bills need to be issued on time without errors. Mescom has not given adequate facilities to consumers to redress issues. When a complaint is lodged, there is no satisfactory response.”
The protestors shouted slogans and barged into the office. As only a few policemen were present at the time of the protest, more personnel were called to control the situation. Finally, Sukumar, an official of Mescom, accepted the memorandum after which the protest was called off.
Anil D’Souza, Basheer Panjmogaru, Imtiaz, Pramila, Soumya, Sharan Shetty and other members of DYFI were present.