The UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) management’s recent clean chit to the private firms that it had been blacklisted on the chief minister’s behest more than a year ago for supplying poor quality transformers has led a to new row.
It is alleged that the management exonerated the firms arbitrarily without actually getting the quality of the transformers supplied by these firms examined by independent experts.
UPPCL management on July 4 gave clean chit to seven out of the nine blacklisted firms saying that damage rate of the transformers supplied by these firms was below 10 %. The firms, it was claimed, were exonerated on the basis of a quality check report.
Strangely, however, UPPCL chairman Sanjay Agrawal on July 25 (20 days after the clean chit), expressed concern over high damage rate of transformers in the state.
“It is a matter of serious concern that the transformer damage rate in UP is more than 20%,” he had said and asked DISCOM managing directors to get a technical audit of damaged transformers done to see if they were of poor quality or the damage was for technical reasons.
Raising a question mark on the clean chit, UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad president Avadhesh Kumar Verma said, “The chairman says on July 25 that transformer damage rate is more than 20 % and asks officials to find out the reason. On the other hand, the management gives clean chit to blacklisted firms 20 days prior to this,” he pointed out.
“Now the question is how the seven blacklisted firms were given clean chit when the chairman weeks later talks about a technical audit to check quality of transformers,” Verma stressed.
Verma demanded a CBI probe into the entire issue alleging that the private transformer firms were exonerated without actually checking the quality of the transformers, in violation of the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (UPERC) directives that no firm with transformer damage rate of more than 1% be taken out of the black list.