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ONGC bandh brews power cut

 More power shortage is set to disrupt normal life in the time of sweltering heat if the 100 ONGC bandh is any indication.

The thermal power projects have not received regular gas from ONGC because of the 100 hour bandh which began at 9 in the morning on Monday.

Sponsored by the Sivasagar unit of AASU, the paralyzing bandh will stay till Friday.

“We have not able to procure gas for power generation from Monday because of the 100 hour bandh. We don’t have any idea when this bandh will end. If the bandh is allowed to continue for 100 hours it would be a disaster,” say thermal power project officials.

“If AASU refuses to read the impending situation we are helpless. We won’t be able to restore uninterrupted gas supply under the impact of the bandh,” said ONGC sources.

AASU bandh began at 9 in the morning reiterating a slew of demands. These include the proposed super specility hospital. The then petroleum minister Veerappa Moily laid the corner stone of the hospital a couple of years ago. But the construction has yet to start.

AASU leaders further alleged lack of steps to fulfill its earlier promises. These include preference of local people in recruitment and preservation of historical monuments.


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