April 2, 2023

Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji mentioned frequent energy outages have been attributable to squirrels.


Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji was on Tuesday trolled for his comment that frequent energy outages within the state have been attributable to squirrels operating on energy traces.

Squirrels which managed to climb the ability cables and run on them lead to frequent energy outages, he claimed.

“In certain places power outages occur when two cables come into contact due to squirrels running on the power cable while the tree branches rub onto the other line,” Mr Balaji reasoned throughout a press briefing.

Ridiculing him, PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, an ally of the opposition AIADMK, requested, “wonder what could be the reason for power cuts in Chennai nowadays? Maybe squirrels are running underground in Chennai? #Doubt,” he tweeted.

Mr Ramadoss, a medical physician by career, mentioned in one other tweet, ‘squirrels run over the ability traces the place scrub touches the cable, inflicting energy outage: (says) Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji! – Science….Science! #TNpowerCuts.’ Many social media customers additionally questioned Balaji’s logic, whereas hilarious memes involving squirrels additionally did the rounds.

During the press briefing, the minister had accused the earlier AIADMK authorities of not initiating upkeep work and mentioned this had led to frequent energy cuts.

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