Plumbers, electricians seek permission to attend to urgent works
Plumbers and electricians have urged the government to allow them to practice their trade during the lockdown, as the current restrictions have not only suppressed their income, but also put many of their customers in trouble.
“Nearly every member of our society receives at least half a dozen calls every day from regular customers seeking urgent repairs to electrical or plumbing faults. But given the strict lockdown restricting our movement, we cannot expand our services, ”said V. Murugesan, Tiruchi District Electricians, Plumbers and Rewinders Society.
Mr Murugesan says plumbers and electricians are often prevented by the police from attending the calls. “Yesterday one of our members from Ariyamangalam was intercepted by the police near Town Station and his motorcycle was seized. The youngster, who was going to go to a power outage at a medical store, had to go back and that too on foot to his house. ”
Some plumbers and electricians also claim to have received frantic calls from their customers for urgent complaints, such as malfunctioning water motors, broken pipes, and electrical line failures in their homes.
Claiming that plumbers and electricians with ID cards issued by their association were allowed to attend calls in the city during lockdown last year following a representation to district authorities, Mr. Murugesan now suggests taking a similar approach as well.
“We have issued ID cards and even T-shirts and the police can have plumbers / electricians carry ID cards,” he says.
Since many of the plumbers and electricians are daily earners, the lockdown has also dried up their income. Many are the sole bread winners in their families. “Aside from the hardships our customers face, we are also becoming unemployed. We should be able to attend urgent works. If there are further extensions to lockdowns, we will be in a deeper mess, ”notes Guru, a plumber.