BY TC News Desk
Agartala, February 10: A group of women from the east ward of Madhav Tilla in Kanchanmala area of Golaghati assembly constituency staged a protest on Saturday against the installation of new electric cables on old and faulty poles. They demanded that the government replace the old poles with new iron ones before laying the cables.
The protest disrupted the work of laborers and contractor, who was hired by the government to change the old electric poles and cables in different neighborhoods of Kanchanmala as part of a two-month project. The contractor said that he was following the instructions of the concerned department and had no authority to install new poles.
The women, however, refused to let the workers continue their work and said that they would not allow any cable work until their demands are met. They claimed that the old poles pose a risk of electrocution and fire and that they deserve better infrastructure.
The protesters also expressed their grievances to the media and urged the government to take immediate action. They said that they have been living with poor electricity supply for years and that they want a permanent solution.
The contractor and the workers left the site after failing to convince the women. It is unclear when the work will resume and how the government will respond to the protest.