Vol. 4 Num 94 Fri. August 29, 2003  
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'Bribe denial' led to blackouts at New Market

Leaders of the New Market Kitchen Market Association alleged that Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) electric department officials had demanded Tk 12 lakh in bribes to reinstall the three transmitters that had exploded 12 days back at the market.

"We will meet Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka tomorrow to resolve the severe power crisis," said Mokhlesur Rahman, a leader of the association, yesterday.

According to Rahman, when the DCC officials were contacted, they made no move to solve the problem but demanded bribe.

The kitchen market and three adjacent markets are going without electricity for the past 12 days.

"Customers have noticeably decreased as we could not preserve fish and vegetables," said Rafiq Miah, a fish trader.

Some fish sellers managed to hook a bulb to another transmitter belonging to Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) for which they have to pay a daily amount, Rafiq said.

DESA, however, denied having demanded any money from the traders.

Earlier, shop owners and shopkeepers in the New Market area yesterday laid a two-hour siege to a nearby road, demanding immediate restoration of power to more than 2,000 stores.

They threatened to go for further movement if power supply was not restored immediately.

No DCC official of the department concerned was available for comments yesterday.