THE UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) is finding it difficult to obtain the third installment of funds as part of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). The Central Government has sought various details of the villages already provided electricity as a pre-condition for allotting further funds. For the UPPCL bosses, it is becoming an uphill task to prepare and some of these details.
The UPPCL is yet to claim 10 per cent of the funds under the second installment and the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), a Government of India undertaking, insists that the UPCPL first claim the remaining 10 per cent of the funds before asking for the third installment. And, it will release the 10 per cent residue only after the UPPCL has furnished the information sought! A letter written to the UPPCL management by the REC GM states, “Please submit documents for release of balance 10 per cent of second installment.”
The information which the UPPCL has been asked to furnish to claim the remaining 10 per cent includes business plan and other deficient information in detailed project report (formats), schedule for establishment of franchisee, block-maps with proposed works superimposed and 33 and 11 kv, confirmation on adequacy of existing power supply arrangement to meet the load demands of the project, and notification by State Government for de-electrified villages.
“Work like preparing block maps involves a lot of efforts and manpower and quite difficult for us to do it,” said a senior UPPCL officer.