CESC says power supply will be restored by May 26, urges people for cooperation; Nabanna asks Centre not to ferry stranded workers to WB till May 26

Kolkata road after cyclone

Amidst complaint by BJP and other opposition parties that Mamata Government has failed six-crore people of Bengal, the chief minister urged them from avoiding politicizing the unprecedented emergency post-cyclone Amphan. She urged the people to have patience. Her government is leaving no stone unturned to restore normalcy.
CESE  says by Tuesday electricity supply will be restored. It will be possible to restore normal life in a couple of days, she says adding although Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, is not under the state government, she has spoken to CESE chief Sanjiv Goenka to get herself updated on power supply restoration work. The crisis created by the natural calamity is much worse than the one created by Covid-19, she said. BJP Spokesman Amit Malviya says Amphan just wreaked havoc in Bengal. Recently, COVID, the exodus of nurses, communal strife, rebellion in police ranks had WB admin struggling. Even today there were protests in Kolkata demanding power be restored. But Mamata Banerjee is busy attending a political meet up. WB can wait! Swapan Dasgupta, MP, tweeted: Confronted with crises, @MamataOfficial government is crumbling. With COVID, the public health system collapsed. Now, with Amphan, the civic infrastructure of Kolkata and southern Bengal has become a mockery. The state government has lost the will to govern. W Bengal deserves better, he added. CESC, an Indian electricity generation and the sole distribution company, serves 567 square kilometres of the area administered by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation,  parts of Howrah, Hooghly, 24 Parganas (North) and 24 Parganas (South) districts. It serves 3.0 million consumers approximately  which includes domestic, industrial and commercial users. Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, MP, says he was prevented from visiting cyclone-affected areas.CM says she has asked the army to clear the roads blocked by fallen trees.TV channels report  Nabanna has informed the centre that no special trains carrying migrant workers to their home state should be allowed in WB till May 26. Railways have decided to operationalise 2, 600 more Shramik Special Trains over the next ten days across the country. This initiative is expected to benefit 36 lakh stranded passengers. Briefing media in New Delhi Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said over 45 lakh people have returned to their native places since 1st of May, through the Shramik Special Trains. Railways started running Shramik Special trains to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lockdown. Shramik special trains are being run from point to point on the request of both the concerned State Governments. The Railways and State Governments have appointed senior officials as Nodal Officers for coordination and smooth operation of these Shramik Specials.  “Railways will further make arrangements for more of such trains as and when requests are received from the state and district authorities”, Yadav said. South Kolkata resident Ranjan Chakravarty says “entire mega-city remains devastated following the cyclone Amphan. I see only fallen trees, blocked roads, there is no electricity and water in most localities of Kolkata’’. (edited by PK Chakravarty. Photo courtesy: BBC)

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