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Bihar - Employees protests againts power distribution privatisation

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Nitish KumarElectricity employees have urged Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar to reject the government's move to privatize power distribution and revenue collection in Patna and Muzaffarpur towns. They made their demand under the joint banner of the Power Engineering Service Association (Pesa) and Bihar State Electricity Board Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers.

In a letter to the CM, they said that the government's move to allow private franchises in Patna and Muzaffarpur towns would be detrimental to the interests of the BSEB. In protest, they have already decided to organize a joint gate meeting at the BSEB headquarters in Patna.

Speaking to reporters , Pesa spokesman J P N Singh and representatives of 16 power workers' union — Chakradhar Prasad Singh and Amarendra Mishra — said the private franchise of Patna town would be based on the 'Bhiwandi town' model. They alleged that in Bhiwandi town, only 23 percent of the consumers had accurate metering with a large numbers of unregistered consumers in the system.

Sharing Bhiwandi's experience, they also said that the electrical network was in a shambles and apart from the mandatory load-shedding of six hours, there was further distressed load-shedding due to constraints in the electrical network. The distribution networks were over stressed, resulting in frequent breakdowns and tripping of lines, the representatives said.

On the contrary, they said that the basic distribution network of Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu), starting from 33kV and which is to be put under franchise, is in a stable condition. During the last two years, the transmission distribution network has been partially strengthened with erection of nearly 1,200 numbers of transmission poles under the accelerated power development reforms programme, they said.

As regards the power distribution network of Patna town, vis-a-vis Bhiwandi, there is no compelling reason for experimenting the 'Bhiwandi model' of franchise as there will not be any substantial requirement of capital expenditure for upgradation of existing distribution system of Patna, they said.

Source- Times of India
 

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