Dikchu residents peeved by extended power cuts

Mangan, 06 May: The people of Dikchu Bazaar, East and North Sikkim and its surrounding villages have expressed their dismay over extended power cuts in the last ten days. The people here have complained to the Energy and Power Department but nothing has been done to solve the problem. In the last one week, there was power supply only for two days. The people here have said that they have no option left but to gherao the Power Department office in Gangtok. Local residents plan to march to Gangtok from Dikchu. “We have sacrificed our land and environment for the nation in order to generate power but we have been neglected and deprived of power supply,” said a Dikchu resident. It may be mentioned here that electricity to Dikchu is supplied from Phodong.