Expressing dissatisfaction over the reply given in the House on changing of faulty transformers by energy minister Rajendra Shukla, Congress MLAs staged a walkout.
Kunwarji Kothar through a starred question sought to know the number of faulty transformers replaced by the MP Central Region Power Distribution Company in Sarangpur assembly segment in Rajgarh district. He also sought to know if consumers are asked to replace the oil in transformers.
Energy minister Rajendra Shukla told the House that 204 transformers in 51 villages in the constituency have reported malfunctioning.
He said that of these consumers have deposited amount in case of 89 transformers. Of the 89 transformers, 63 have been replaced and 26 have not been replaced because of approach road not being there. At this, Congress MLAs led by Sunderlal Tiwari objected to the ministers’ statement.
They said that the claim that the energy department was following protocols of changing transformers in 24 hours in urban areas, in 3 days in dry season in rural areas and seven days in monsoon season in rural areas is not true.
The minister denied that consumers were asked to replace the oil in transformers and that Rs 74,400 was spent by energy department in replacing the oil. Congress MLAs said that there was a shortage of electricity across the state and power supply was disrupted.
They added that faulty transformers are not being replaced and staged a walkout.