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KESCo launches ?fake raids? to divert attention

WHEN POWER crisis galore in the city with more than 13 hours of power cuts on an average, KESCo management in order to conceal its own shortcomings has decided to launch raid and combing operation once again.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 00:26 IST

WHEN POWER crisis galore in the city with more than 13 hours of power cuts on an average, KESCo management in order to conceal its own shortcomings has decided to launch raid and combing operation once again.

However, it happens in every summer. With increasing power demand, KESCo intensifies the drive against the power theft. But as the summer season goes away, so does the drive. For citizen it is not a drive against ‘power theft’, it is a drive for ‘diverting the attention’.

KESCo is responsible to a larger extent for power cuts beyond the scheduled hours of rostering. The local faults originating at the level of substations, rampant conking out of transformers and poor maintenance of substations are responsible to a larger extent for unscheduled rostering in the city. Instead of laying emphasis on improving its own infrastructure to improve the dismal power scenario of the city, KESCo management has decided to divert the attention of the masses from this issue by carrying out raid and combing operations against its consumers.

Long hour power cuts often forced the citizens to stage demonstrations and gherao of the KESCo officials. This put the KESCo authorities in great trouble. In order to discourage the agitated power consumers, the KESCO has a well-defined strategy to start door-to-door checking and finally to drop the action against the defaulters on some or the other pretext. However, this attitude discourages the KESCo employees and they seldom take the checking drive seriously.

The biggest hurdle in ensuring regular and adequate power supply to all the consumers in the city is the absence of exact requirement of power during the year. According to KESCo officials, the data they have did not corroborate with the actual unit-load consumed in the city. This was because of unofficial sub-letting of power to the unscrupulous power consumers like the roadside shopkeepers and even the cottage industry owners. To identify them, it was a Herculean task, which requires a big team of employees to work round the year.

The problem becomes acute when the KESCo is forced to give power connection to casual or regular heavy power users despite the paucity of power. The only solution to the power woes of the citizens was that the supply systems be renovated, all illegal power connections be regularised, actual revenue be realised and supplied units be increased, said one of the senior IIT-K professors, who had been advisor to UP Power Corporation.

General manager of KESCo MP Tripathi said, “For any rostering in excess of the scheduled rostering, KESCo is not responsible.”

Unscheduled rostering was due to the dismal power scenario in the state, Tripathi added.

First Published: Apr 15, 2006 00:26 IST