Have a power woe from Gurgaon? A tweet to minister will help

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 01:15 IST
Union minister of state for power Piyush Goyal has been keeping a tab on Gurgaon’s electricity problems via Twitter and Facebook. (HT File Photo)

If you are tweeting about power woes tagging the Union minister of state for power Piyush Goyal but with no response, don’t feel low as the tweets are scanned and taken note of regularly. Goyal, in a meeting with Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday in Delhi, took the officials concerned to task about electricity supply related issues.

Goyal said he receives a number of complaints on his Twitter handles and other social media platforms such as Facebook and the officials should not think their performance is not being scrutinised. The minister asked the officials to adopt social media means so complaints could reach out to them too, a senior government official, who was in the meeting, said.

The minister’s staff constantly monitors tweets and retweets from his personal handle @PiyushGoyal and official handle @PiyushGoyalOffc and also the Facebook page.

Goyal reviewed the progress for setting up of the Smart Grid project aimed at supplying uninterrupted electricity in Gurgaon. He said that a total transformation of Gurgaon through this project would be another feather in its cap.

After reviewing progress on the project, Goyal directed the officials concerned to speed up the process so consumers can get regular power supply.

Khattar said the project would put an end to the trend of consumption of diesel through generator sets that leads to pollution and it would also put an end to the role of builders and colonisers for power supply.

In the meeting, the officials informed that tenders for the first phase of the project, worth Rs. 7,000 crore, would be opened on July 22 after which the process for constructing the grid would start. The whole existing power infrastructure in the city would be replaced under the project. The total cost of the project, divided in three phases, is Rs. 12,000 crore. The first phase will cover sectors 1 to 57, the second phase sectors 58 to 115 and the third phase will cover the industrial area of IMT Manesar.

“Work on the first phase of the grid is expected to start by the end of this year,” said an official of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

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