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Probe ordered into power disruption

IN A classic case of much ado about nothing, a little power disruption at the Samajwadi Party?s rally at the Laxaman Mela ground caused a storm in the corridors of power at Shakti Bhawan, here on Sunday. UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) Managing Director Avnish Awasthi promptly ordered an inquiry committee to find out the cause of the power disruptions and punish the guilty.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST

IN A classic case of much ado about nothing, a little power disruption at the Samajwadi Party’s rally at the Laxaman Mela ground caused a storm in the corridors of power at Shakti Bhawan, here on Sunday. UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) Managing Director Avnish Awasthi promptly ordered an inquiry committee to find out the cause of the power disruptions and punish the guilty.

According to sources, the sound system at the dais developed some voice cracks once or twice reportedly due to power failure. Since the much touted rally was being addressed by senior Samajwadi Party leaders, including Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Energy Minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, the CM Secretariat officials took the matter very seriously and called up the UPPCL MD asking him to take action against the LESA officers right from the JE to the CGM.

The MD himself rushed to the rally ground, talked to the officials and quickly constituted a three-member inquiry panel headed by Director (Distribution) Arun with MD, Lucknow Discom and the CGM, LESA being its members.

Earlier, the committee was asked to submit its report by Monday evening. But later it was decided that the report was submitted on Sunday night itself. There were rumours that at least the JE and the SDO were going to be suspended.

PPCL Chairman AK Khurana, who was in Delhi, rushed to Shakti Bahwan around 10 in the night. All the top UPPCL officials remained busy holding discussions till Khurana arrived. Khurana asked the committee to give its report so that action could be taken immediately. However, the committee demanded time till Monday evening for filing its report. The chief minister is understood to have called the chairman tomorrow.

Significantly, however, questions are also being raised over the legality of power being supplied to the rally. Sources said that rally organizers had illegally tapped electricity from an LDA line and had not taken any connection from LESA. As per rules, the organsiers should have applied for a temporary power connection for the rally.

In fact, the area’s JE and SDO have already submitted this writing to the discom MD that when the power was being used illegally how they could be responsible for any power disruption, if any. Now, much will depend on the inquiry committee which will come out with its findings tomorrow.