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Kesco computerisation still a distant dream

COMPUTERISATION OF Kesco remains a distant dream as even after a year of formulation of the project nothing has been done to ensure its execution. Under the Rs 93-crore Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP), the overall computerisation of Kesco was planned. The project worth Rs 4 crore was formulated to ensure the computerisation of all the 15 divisions of the company and their connectivity with the Kesa House, which houses the office of Kesco?s managing director Sudhir Garg.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:20 IST

COMPUTERISATION OF Kesco remains a distant dream as even after a year of formulation of the project nothing has been done to ensure its execution.

Under the Rs 93-crore Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP), the overall computerisation of Kesco was planned. The project worth Rs 4 crore was formulated to ensure the computerisation of all the 15 divisions of the company and their connectivity with the Kesa House, which houses the office of Kesco’s managing director Sudhir Garg.

All the 15 divisions and the Kesa House were to be interconnected by Local Area Network (LAN) to facilitate the daily monitoring of the work done by the Kesco MD. More than 4.5 lakh consumers of Kesco were also likely to benefit from the computerisation project.

At present a consumer can deposit his power dues only at the respective sub-division of his area. But the computerisation of Kesco would have facilitated the deposition of electricity bill at any of the sub-divisions.

But the undue delay in the execution of the project is not only adversely affecting the efficiency of the company but has also raised a question mark on the effective utilisation of the APDRP fund by the Kesco management.

Soliciting all possible assistance of IIT-K was also an essential part of the project. A special billing software was also an essential part of the computerisation project of the power company. The software was to be prepared by the computer science students of IIT-K. But till date no effort has been made by the officials concerned to approach IIT for the development of the software.

Another software to facilitate the ‘indexing’ of consumers of the company was also envisaged but like other projects this software has also remained a dream for the company.

However, general manager of Kesco MP Tripathi said, “Mandatory work before the execution of computerisation project of Kesco has been done and within due course of time the project would be completed.”

On the consumer ‘indexing’ project, Tripathi said, “The project in the Nawabganj division has already started. After completion of work in that division, the project will be undertaken in other divisions of the company. “

Whatever, may the reason behind the non-execution of the project, Kesco remains the ultimate looser.