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?Stringent steps to curb power theft?

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 15:11 IST

ENERGY MINISTER Kailash Vijayvargia on Friday expressed concern over poor realisation of electricity revenue in Gwalior and Chambal region. “We plan stringent measures against power theft so as to avoid inconvenience to honest consumers”, he cautioned while talking to reporters at a ‘meet the press’ programme organised by the district Working Journalists’ Association here.

Vijayvargia said inter-zonal teams of MPSEB officials have been constituted for curbing power theft. Besides, the divisional Commissioner will convene monthly meetings to take stock of the situation, he added.

He said the government has decided to conduct a survey of drought-ravaged districts of the State. Out of 48 districts, 24 were affected by floods while the remaining were facing drought-like situation.

He said district Collectors of drought-affected areas have been asked to survey water availability, animal fodder and agriculture  so that the government could to take timely remedial steps. 

Vijayvargia reiterated the government’s resolve to fulfil election promises. Bijli, Sadak and Pani (electricity, road and water) remained on top of the agenda for the ruling BJP, he added.

He said the electricity demand and supply gap will be eliminated by 2008following completion of power projects currently under way. He said about 40,000-km roads would be constructed with funds from ADB under the BOT scheme, or from the State Government’s own budget.

The four-laning of highway from Morena to Dewas will be taken up either under BOT scheme or by the Union Surface Transport Ministry in three months, he added. He warned that the government would fix accountability and take action against road construction companies who failed to adhere to prescribed guidelines of Indian Road Congress (IRC). 

He said four cities including Gwalior in the state have been identified for development of IT parks and IT-related activities. Efforts were underway to impart IT education in schools and government offices etc with the help of NGOs and Central Government. Nearly 8,000 e-kiosks will be set up in the State for providing requisite information and certificates, he added. Vijayvargia said the pace of development had gained momentum and the public confidence in BJP government had increased.