Golden Mile tenants frustrated by extended blackout

Golden Mile tenants frustrated by extended blackout
Some of the businesses did not get their power supply restored till early yesterday morning. Some businesses operated in the dark.

No air conditioning. No power. No customers.

The fire at Golden Mile Complex on Wednesday saw a major power outage that left some businesses in the dark and in the red.

Power supply was restored to most businesses there at around 11am on Thursday, but not to all.

The 24-hour Nana Thai Restaurant, popular among clubbers in the Thai discos in the complex, got its power back only at 4am October 3 2014.

At least 10 other businesses were similarly affected and opted to close or operated in the dark, aided only by flashlights or candles, as The New Paper saw during a visit to the complex on Thursday evening.

Nana Thai Restaurant owner Siridon Pheeiraphon said the blackout had cost him "thousands of dollars in losses". He could not open for business and had to throw away produce that had gone bad without refrigeration.

The 45-year-old Thai national said through an interpreter: "I am angry that it took the management so long to restore power to my restaurant.

"The other side of the building had power restored in the morning while we are here still waiting.

"Our meats and vegetables went bad because the refrigerator could not work without power. We had to throw them away and that costs money.

"When customers walk in, we have to turn them away because we can't cook. Meanwhile, my 16 employees and I have been sitting here, hoping for electricity to be restored so we can resume our business."

Mr Pheeiraphon said he was also frustrated by the lack of answers from the building management. It did not respond to queries from The New Paper by press time.

At least five business owners told TNP that they had been informed by the building managers that power would be restored to all units by 11am on Thursday.

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