Noel Sequeira asked a few concerned citizens for their reactions to the blackout last Sunday and other power outages. Here are their ‘Voices’

POWER BLACKOUT“We suffered a lot due to the power cuts. We couldn’t sleep properly and our family members had to join for work Monday morning. Besides, we could hear neighbourhood children cry as fans stopped working in the night.”
— Sameer Parishwadi (Businessman, Bambolim)

POWER BLACKOUT“I was miserable. I had to wake up early to go to college the next day and just couldn’t sleep until the lights finally came back on. I ended up attending my class groggy-eyed. I shall let this pass in the spirit of energy conservation. But if something like this were to recur throughout the day, I won’t be chup any longer.”
— Shakira McKenzie
(Student, Taleigao)

POWER BLACKOUT“When I called the Power Minister last Sunday night at 9 pm, he assured me that power supply would be restored within 30 minutes. We were told power cut is for maintenance and we were ready to bear it, but later when we confronted electricity department officials and the power minister they were giving absurd answers. Later when we went to the Kadamba main grid office, we realised all this was done to help the builders and put Goans in hardship. As the government failed to restore power even in the morning, I sent the following text message to Pandurang Madkaikar…. ‘Thank you Mr. Madkaikar for putting all Senior citizens in big health hazard, we phone you and you said within 30 minutes lights will be restored, but alas it is nearly 1.00 am next day, God bless you for inconvenience caused to us.’”
— ­Jose Carmino Joao, (Retired, Merces)

POWER BLACKOUT“The lights went off at exactly at 9 pm when I had left some fish to grill in the oven. Fortunately, my friend held out the torch for me to cook the fish on the stove as we joked about our sweat drops adding more flavour. It ended up being a wonderful candlelight dinner. But I later realized that it is this ability to always see the silver lining that makes it easier for the government to walk all over us. This has to stop.”
— Milbon Fernandez
(Entrepreneur, St. Inez)

POWER BLACKOUT“It is sad that Goa being a small state till date is not yet self sufficient in terms of certain amenities; one of which is electricity. With every new government term, we get a new Power Minister and yet there seems to be no change in the respective department or any benefit provided to the Goans. Apologies from the state for the power cut may be commendable but that does not solve the problem of what happened on Sunday. The monsoons are as good as here already and so I hope the government understands the plight of the people and does the right thing by seeing that such a power failures does not happen again.”
— Ninio J Correia (Student,Vasco)

POWER BLACKOUT“I am incredulous that us, humans of the 21st century, are having to deal with full day blackouts when there’s a mere drizzle outside at 32 degree temperatures. At times through the night, there is no electricity. It is ridiculous. How are we supposed to go to work without sleep. How are we supposed to work and earn our livelihoods without electricity?”
— Chantal da Lima Leitao (Mktg. Manager, Vaddem)

“The blackout on Sunday was a matter of mismanagement. If we had continuous electrical maintenance and a well-planned system, people wouldn’t need to complain. The fact that we had to suffer two nights without electricity reveals that the administration has failed and has to stop hiding behind political babus. If the chief electrical engineer cannot accommodate people’s needs, then he shouldn’t be in his position. It is time they take responsibility for their irresponsibility and plan ahead. All their excuses won’t help us but better administration surely can.”
— Elsa Fernandes
(Service, Santa Cruz)

POWER BLACKOUT“I certainly cannot isolate myself from this menace. I’m not sure why the government has turned so cold towards us and left things to a grinding halt for us on Sunday. We are all paying for taxes and it’s for things like water and electricity that our money gets invested in. If we are denied these amenities, I don’t see why we are still paying these taxes. If this goes on, what has happened in Cuncolim will erupt on a much larger scale.”
— David D’souza
(Founder of SEED, Nerul)

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