New Bengal governor questions Gandhi power cut

Less than 15 days after Gopal Krishna Gandhi quit as Governor, new incumbent Devanand Konwar has questioned the logic behind the two-hour mandatory power cut at Raj Bhavan introduced by his predecessor on May 7, 2008. He has, however, decided to stick to the practice.

A statement issued by him on Monday evening said. "If Raj Bhavan (Kolkata) can help a two-hour voluntary loadshedding of power daily in the summer, it could definitely continue to do the same in winter also. Nothing substantial, however, can result out of it as capacity addition only, and not load-shedding, is the answer."

What prompted the Governor to issue the statement were reports in some vernaculars said that the Governor had junked the practice.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Governor Konwar said that the measure can hardly mitigate the problem of power shortage. "I don't want to trample on the tradition set by my honourable predecessor as has been reported in some local newspapers. But I wonder whether a two-hour power cut at Raj Bhavan is of any help," Konwar said.

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