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Old website for new power firms

- Officials claim portals for five restructured companies being developed

The five companies formed after the restructuring of the erstwhile Bihar State Electricity Board are still using its old website, more than half a month after they began operations.

Five companies — Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd, Bihar State Power Transmission Company Ltd, Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd and North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd — were formed after the restructuring of the BSEB on November 1.

The purpose of the restructuring was to make the power sector more professional and deliver better services to customers.

The companies are, however, yet to get their own websites and are still using the old BSEB one — www.bseb.bih.nic.in — for official purposes.

According to the website, P.K. Rai is still the chairman of the BSEB. Rai is now the chairman-cum-managing director of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd.

Asked about the anomalies, Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd director Vinayak Chandra Gupta told The Telegraph: “The process to develop websites for all the five companies has begun. An agency has been selected for developing the sites.”

He added: “The websites cannot be developed in a day. It will take some time.” But Gupta did not mention any timeframe within which the sites would be operational.

On November 8, the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd had issued a directive to all the employees of the power firms to not use BSEB’s name for any official purpose.

The deputy general manager (public relations) of the company, H.R. Pandey, had then said: “If an employee uses the name of the BSEB, he/she would be fined Rs 5,000.”

Asked about the old website, he said: “The old website would be used till the new ones are ready. The employees have been directed to not use BSEB’s name for official purposes. But this directive does not extend to the usage of the website.”

The state government would spend around Rs 14,099 crore in the next five years following the state cabinet nod to the transfer scheme for distribution of assets, liabilities and human resource of the state electri- city board.