People complain to Sonia about dismal power scenario in Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli: People here on Monday apprised Congress president Sonia Gandhi of their woes, especially dismal power situation, on the first day of her three-day visit to her Lok Sabha constituency.

Complaining against acute power crisis and shortage of potable water, people drew her attention towards their problems and sought her help in resolving them.

As Gandhi's cavalcade moved on to surprise visits of her constituency, a group waiting for her on Saraini-Dalmau road raised slogans against power department. As she stopped there for a while, they apprised her of the power scenario, to which she asked the SDM accompanying her to look into the problem.

Residents of Pureballi ka purwa, Bhairampur and Behta Klan villages, where Gandhi paid unscheduled visit, complained about contamination of water of the Loan river due to affluents being discharged by tanneries in neighbouring Unnao district. They also complained about dried hand pumps and a road that was under-construction for past 10 years.

With majority of complaints being regarding poor supply of electricity, Congress sources said Gandhi had called officers of power department this evening.

Some 80 per cent complaints were about power shortage, they said.