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BJP against supplying power through private contractor

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 21, 2013
First Published: 01:09 IST(21/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(21/6/2013)

A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Chandigarh, on Thursday urged the administration to withdraw the proposal of supplying electricity through a private contractor to colony number 4 of industrial area in Phase 1.

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The delegation, led by state BJP president Sanjay Tandon, met KK Sharma, adviser to administrator, and VK Singh, finance secretary, Chandigarh administration.

The delegation also submitted more than 2,000 signatures collected during the signature campaign of the party in the colony against the private electricity contractor.

Tandon said the electricity department had initiated a process to supply electricity to jhuggi dwellers of the colony through a private contractor, who started demanding huge amounts of money in the name of security of electricity meters and installation charges, but meters were already installed in most of the jhuggis.

He said most of the jhuggi dwellers were paying their electricity bills regularly to the electricity department and the residents had no complaints.

The BJP leaders said if the electricity department had no other alternative but to supply electricity through the private contractor, then it should be supplied through the electricity meters already installed in the locals' houses and the contractor should charge on the basis of actual consumption of electricity meter readings. “No fresh security or installation charges should be charged from the consumers,” a leader said.

The BJP delegation comprised vice-president Harishankar Mishra, councillor Satinder Singh, district president Shakti Prakash Devshali, vice-president Rajeev Kumar Pandey and mandal president Shilanath Gupta.

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