Paradip, Dec 13 (LocalWire) Residents of port city Paradip have alleged that robbery, snatching and accident cases have increased along a 2 km stretch of road from Do Chaki to PPL Chowk under Cuttack-Paradip State Highway.
Though it is one of the busiest roads of Paradip town in day time, number of robbery, snatching and accident cases have increased in the last few days after electricity along the stretch was disrupted, said police sources.
Locals said the road plunged into darkness since last Monday after Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU) snapped the power supply over pending street light bills.
Paradip Municipality authorities have reportedly not paid electricity bills since the last five months.
Meanwhile, a senior officer of Paradip Municipality has clarified that Rs 2.20 lakh is required per month towards electricity bills.
“Companies like IFFCO, PPL and Essar should bear the cost of these bills because majority of their vehicles and employees communicate via this road. These companies have ignored to pay the electricity bills. But the municipality is unable to bear such high amounts every month,” said the officer.
“Even, the municipality has replaced old electric bulbs to check power consumption and fitted LED bulbs,” he said.
On the other hand, residents alleged: “Due to non-supply of power, accidents and robberies are taking place almost every day. We are scared to move out at night. CESU should have waited few more days before disconnecting the power supply.”
CESU Paradip Executive Engineer Smruti Ranjan Swain said: “Despite frequent reminders, nothing was done to pay pending electric bills. So the department disconnected the power supply to street lights along this road since last two days.”
“Nearly Rs 12 lakh is pending towards 5 months’ electricity bills,” he added.