GUWAHATI, April 4 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the power department to take adequate measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply at health institutions of the State, especially where quarantine facilities are developed.
Sonowal also commended the service of power department officials amid COVID-19 pandemic and directed the department to take steps for sensitisation of people with regard to the Union government advisory on the Prime Minister�s call to switch off lights at homes for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5.
The Chief Minister directed this while reviewing the power situation in the State and the department�s preparedness in a meeting at Janata Bhawan here today in view of the PM�s call to the people of the country to switch off the lights at their homes and light lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm tomorrow to display the country�s collective resolve to defeat novel coronavirus.
The power department officials informed the Chief Minister that as per the Central government�s advisory, people have been requested to switch off lights at their homes only and there is no call to switch off street-lights or appliances like computers, television sets, fans, refrigerators and air conditioners.
He directed the officials to arrange meetings in all districts immediately under the chairmanship of deputy commissioners tomorrow morning and make wide publicity to sensitise people on the Union government advisory and ensure that no disruption takes place in the power grid.
Sonowal also asked the field level officials of power department to visit quarantine facilities and health institutions in consultation with health officials to review provisions for electricity supply at such places. He also instructed the power department to keep adequate number of transformers and generators ready, besides sensitising health authorities to keep electricians at hand to deal with any exigency.