CAG pulls up MP Discom for voltage problem

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Bhopal, Apr 1: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pulled up the Madhya Pradesh Central Region Electricity Discom for its 'injudicious decision' to keep in abeyance line work to solve voltage problem in interior areas.

''The injudicious decision to keep the work in abeyance after incurring huge sum resulted in blocking of Rs 76.85 lakh with consequential loss of interest of Rs 25.83 lakh till September last year'', said the CAG's report for 2006-07 presented in the Assembly recently.

With a view to solve the voltage problem in distant areas in Nateran tahsil of Vidisha district, the Discom, formerly State Electricity Board, took up extension of 33 KV lines from Mahaneam Chouraha to Satpada Hat (20 Kms) and from Sirong to Bhoriya (13 Kms) and installation of substation at Satpada Hat and Bhoriya in Vidisha district at a cost of Rs 145.78 lakh.

The expenditure was to be met from the funds available under sub-transmission scheme funded by the state government.

Line work from Mahaneam Chouraha to Satpada Hat was completed and charged with a feeder from another substation at Shamshabad instead of Satpada Hat, which remained incomplete as the transformer costing Rs 26.82 lakh was not made available by the company for installation.

The linework and substation on Sirong-Bhoriya line was not completed for want of conductors and substation material to be supplied by Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company.

While execution of both works was incomplete, the company decided in September, 2005 to keep the works in abeyance as the material required for it were not available under sub-transmission scheme, the report said, adding ''No action was taken by the company either for ensuring availability of funds from the state government or for providing funds from its own budget to complete the works''.

The matter was reported to the government, but its reply was not received till October, 2007, the report added.


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