Upset with frequent glitches in LESA’s online billing and the e-Suvidha’s inability to rectify the same, the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) may have no option but to sever its ties with the latter.
But, what’s more surprising is that the corporation will then have to get back to CMC with which it earlier had sore relations, sources say. The UPPCL has limited options to go with and that’s what is cutting its online flight short.
Earlier, when online billing centres did not function for a month, the LESA requested its the CMC to identify and remove the fault. The CMC did the job and even gave its consent to take care of the server centre and the software but for that it wanted a price and the UPPCL wants E-Suvidha to pay that price.
At a meeting presided over by UPPCL Director (Finance), SK Agrawal here on January 16, a lot of resentment was expressed by the officials against the E-Suvidha and the way it was functioning. Agrawal made it clear that if the E-Suvidha was not billing to pay the price demanded by the CMC, the UPPCL would have no option but to take the work back from the E-Suvidha. “If the E-Suvidha is not ready to pay the price to the CMC for maintenance of the server and the software, the UPPCL will have no option but to terminate the contract with the E-Suvidha,” he said, adding, “because LESA is not in a position to make separate payments to both E-Suvidha and CMC for generating electricity bills etc.”
During the meeting, CMC branch manager, Ajay Kumar told the UPPCL officials that his company could take care of server centre and the software. But he demanded Rs 4.50 per month with 11 per cent rise in the amount every year. Besides, he also demanded that any contract in this regard should be for less than three years. He said that the company could also convert the present versata software into dotnet software. But for that he demanded Rs 20 lakh at one go. E-Sividha team is not comfortable working on the verstata software written by the CMC.
E-Suvidha coordinator, Mohan Thakur who was present at the meeting told that he could take a decision on CMC’s proposal only after consulting the matter at the higher level. It was decided that Thakur would give his reply on whether he accepted CMC’s proposal or not, within three days, to the LESA’s chief engineer. However, though the meeting was held on January 16, Thakur has not yet given any reply. “We have not received any reply from the E-Suvidha till date even as problems in the online billing system continue to occur,” LESA chief engineer, AK Singh told the HT.