Will APDCL learn lesson from its past mistakes?

Barely a week after death of two persons due to electrocution during flash flood in Guwahati, another person died of electrocution early on Thursday

It seems Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) is not ready to learn any lesson from its tragic mistakes in the past. 

Barely a week after death of two persons due to electrocution during flash flood in Guwahati, another person died of electrocution early on Thursday after a sharp downpour submerged large parts of the city.

The incident triggered a massive public outrage, prompting the APDCL to suspend two officials for alleged negligence of duty.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, meanwhile, issued a stern order to APDCL to identify vulnerable areas in the city.

Earlier on June 12, a schoolboy and a man had died of electrocution at Zoo Road area in the city. They were identified as Pushan Kalita, a class VIII student of Maria's Public School and Anowar Hussain, a carpenter hailing from Barpeta.

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, 30-year-old Dulal Malakar, an employee of KFC restaurant located at Chritianbasti area of the city, died when he came into contact with a snapped live wire on Sugam Path near Zoo Road Tiniali.

The heartbreaking incident took place when Malakar, who hails from Deemu near Rangia in Kamrup district and had got married only six months back, was on the way back to his rented accommodation at Nabin Nagar after completing his night shift at the restaurant.

As he was wading through knee-deep water in Zoo Road area at around 6 a.m., he failed to notice the snapped live wire lying on the road.

The locals alleged that the APDCL did not disconnect electricity in the area despite several requests.

As news of his death spread, angry locals soon gathered at the spot and demanded strict action against APDCL officials 'responsible' for the incident. The irate people demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh, besides providing a job to Malakar's wife.
A flooded street in Guwahati on Thursday.
Image: A flooded street in Guwahati on Thursday.


The locals alleged that the APDCL did not disconnect electricity in the area despite several requests.

Following the protests, Kamrup (M) ADC Pulak Mahanta arrived at the spot and tried to pacify the locals by assuring that action would be taken against the officials.

Kamrup (M) deputy commissioner M Angamuthu later ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, most of the arterial roads and areas including VIP Road, Super Market, Baghorbori, Chachal and Dispur MLA hostel complex remained submerged as heavy showers lashed the city from early Thursday morning.

Taking serious note of the tragic death of Dulal Malakar, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed the Kamrup (Metro) district administration to immediately release ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh under SDRF and another Rs 2.5 lakh from APDCL to Malakar's family.

The Chief Minister, while reviewing the flood situation of the city at Brahmaputra State Guest House with officials of district administration and power department today, further directed to take necessary steps to appoint the victim's wife at APDCL.

Sonowal also directed constitution of a joint team of district administration, GMC, Assam Police, SDRF and APDCL to check and identify all vulnerable points in the city and carry out necessary rectification immediately.

The Chief Minister directed the team to submit compliance report to him within seven days.

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