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Probe identifies the guilty officers

UP POWER Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) Chairman AK Khurana today said that it was a lapse on the part of the department not to have given a proper power connection at the rally that was to be attended and addressed by the chief minister.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 01:43 IST

UP POWER Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) Chairman AK Khurana today said that it was a lapse on the part of the department not to have given a proper power connection at the rally that was to be attended and addressed by the chief minister.

“We cannot get away with saying that no temporary power connection had been sought for the rally. After all, the State’s chief minister was attending the function and it was our duty to have taken all precautions, at least for security reasons,” he said while talking to journalists here. “What, if there was a short circuit leading to outbreak of fire on the rally ground?” he asked.

“We will certainly take action against the staff if so recommended in the inquiry report which I am yet to see,” said he.

Some disruption in the sound system due to power failure at the Samajwadi Party rally on the Laxaman Mela ground on Sunday had virtually caused a storm at Shakti Bhawan. The CM Secretariat pulled up the UPPCL management for having failed to provide proper power supply at the CM’s programme. This saw UPPCL MD Avnish Awasthi quickly ordering a three-member inquiry panel to be headed by Director (distribution) Arun.

According to sources, the committee submitted its report to the chairman on Monday evening. The committee, it is said, has found some LESA officials, including the JE and the SDO, responsible for the power tripping.

Now, the management is preparing to take action against the guilty officials. Earlier, the committee recorded statements of the JE, the SDO, the executive engineer of the Hussainganj division, the DGM, Circle-I and even the LESA CGM.

However, all of them pleaded that there was no power disruption from LESA side. The sound system went out of track because it was connected to the generator set. They also submitted that organisers of the rally did not apply for any temporary power connection.

On the other hand, the UP Rajya Vidyut Parishad Abhiyanta Sangh held its meeting here today and expressed anger over the UPPCL management proposing action against some officials on complaint of power failure at the Samajwadi Party rally. It demanded the CM’s intervention into the matter so that no innocent engineer was punished. In a press statement, Sangh leader AK Singh said the rally organizers did not apply for any temporary power connection despite junior engineer Sanjay Sharma having made a request for the same on January 28. He said the organsiers were illegally tapping power from an LDA line.

Sources, however, said the action against some officials was imminent as Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had taken power disruption seriously. He even pulled up the officials today saying they were trying to save their staff by pointing to some technical problems in taking action.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 01:43 IST