Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd (BSPHCL) has decided to replace all burnt and defective 16KV and 25KV transformers in the next five months.
Known as tullu transformers, they were installed as part of rural electrification scheme during the Tenth Five-Year Plan period. “All such 16KV and 25KV burnt and defective transformers would be replaced with at least 63KV transformers in villages. The expenses would be borne by the chief minister’s local area development scheme or MP local area development scheme,” said deputy general manager (public relations) H.R. Pandey.
Sources said under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), habitations with at least 100 households are at present being electrified under the scheme in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period, adding that the scheme would not make any discrimination between above the poverty line and below the poverty line (BPL) families unlike the scheme prevailing under the Eleventh Five-Year Plan period.
Under the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, the agency, entrusted with the job of carrying out rural electrification, had to electrify only 10 per cent of the BPL households in villages electrified under the scheme. The rest of the villagers would use the electricity without taking proper connections, putting a burden on the transformers, which led to their burning out.
The JDU government had made a vociferous demand that the Centre scrap the RGGVY scheme under which 16KV and 25KV transformers were installed in villages as part of rural electrification.
Former chief minister Nitish Kumar not only termed the scheme as a faulty one but was the first person to term these tullu transformers and sought revamp of the scheme.
“RGGVY is a faulty scheme. I have been raising the issue since 2006. I also discussed it with the Prime Minister, Union energy minister and vice-chairman of Planning Commission to persuade them to revamp the scheme to make it successful,” Nitish had said on March 8, 2011, in the Legislative Council, during the question hour in the House.
“The state has thousands of burnt transformers because of the faulty scheme and need to be changed,” Nitish had said, while suggesting the scheme should incorporate the provision of installing either 63KVA or 100KVA transformers with three-phase lines instead of the one-phase line, as it would cater to the needs of agriculture and cottage industries also.