Savar temple gets electricity connection after 3 years

Action taken following Bangladesh Post’s report

The authorities concerned reconnected the power line at a Hindu temple at Moistapara area under Birulia Union in Savar, on the outskirts of capital Dhaka, on Saturday three years after cutting it off.

The move came a day after Bangladesh Post ran a report titled ‘30 families in Savar deprived of electricity, Durga Idols being made in dark’ on October 16.

Azahar Ali, senior general manager of Dhaka Rural Electrification Board-1, told Bangladesh Post that they were unaware of the matter. “As the report came to our notice, we immediately reconnected the temple’s power connection on Saturday morning,” he added.

Power connection to the 30 households, on which Bangladesh Post reported, will be provided after verifying the documents on their land at the end of the Durg Puja since a complaint on land dispute is pending.

Members if the Hindu community thanked to Bangladesh Post as their suffering nears to and end due to publishing the news.

Sree Narayan Chandra Voumik said, “We are going to get back the electricity connection after living 3 years in darkness. Thanks to Bangladesh Post.” 

“Previously, we tried multiple times, went to many people including local public representatives, but nobody heard us,” he added.

On spot visits in Moistapara on Sunday, this correspondent found a festival mood prevailing among the locals due to restoring power at their temple. Artisans were seen preparing idols of ‘Goddess Durga’ in full swing at the temple.

The Moistapara temple was established with a grant from Prime Minister’s office several years back. 

Locals alleged that power authorities severed their connections in the area including that of the temple’s due to lobbying from a developer company three years ago. 

Since then, 30 Hindu families have been living without electricity there.

Recently, a Dhaka court declared the verdict in favor of these family in a case over land.

Now, these 30 families hope the Rural Electrification Board would reinstates the power lines withing the shortest possible time, ending their miseries.