While Arunachal Pradesh has been often projected as the future power-house of India because of its immense hydro-electric potential, state governor JP Rajkhowa had a taste of what it exactly means when he was stuck suffocating inside the Raj Bhavan lift for at least three minutes until emergency power was restored.
While the incident took place on Monday evening, governor Rajkhowa on Tuesday pulled up the state power department for the erratic power situation in the state and asked it to take immediate steps to improve the power supply across the state.
“The Governor was stuck for dreaded period of three minutes without light and fan inside the lift leading to suffocation. It was only after frantic calls by the personal security officer accompanying him that the power supply was restored following which he could come out,” a press release issued by the Itanagar Raj Bhavan on Tuesday said.
Governor Rajkhowa said that if the Constitutional head of the state is subjected to such state of affairs, one can imagine what will happen to the other citizens. The press release quoted him as expressing hope that the state power department would be cautious with the facilities and leave no stone unturned to remove the deficiencies in power supply system on an urgent basis and improve the power supply particularly to the general public.
A former Assam chief secretary who was appointed Arunachal Pradesh governor in June this year, Rajkhowa had earlier pulled up the state public works department for the poor condition of roads connecting the state capital. He had also pulled up the state tourism department for the declining foreign tourist arrival in Arunachal Pradesh.
Known for his honest, upright and outspoken nature, Rajkhowa had, immediately after being sworn in as governor in June expressed concern over corruption in Arunachal Pradesh.