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Steps to boost power supply

Patna, Aug. 23: Chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh has ordered a slew of directions to the power companies to strengthen the energy supply system in the state.

During a review meet with the officials and engineers of power companies yesterday, Singh said: “Energy is on the top of state government’s priority list. The power companies should provide consumers quality supply with less interruptions.”

The meeting was attended by top officials of power companies, including energy department’s secretary-cum-Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd chairman-cum-managing director Pratyaya Amrit, Bihar State Power Transmission Company Ltd MD Sanjay Kumar Singh, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) managing director (MD) Palka Sahni and North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd MD Balamurgan D.

The chief secretary also directed the officials to rectify the billing software problem within a month so that consumers get correct bills. A large number of complaints have been reported to the various offices of power distribution companies for getting inflated energy bills.

“The officials should also ensure timely meter reading and distribution of energy bills, especially to high tension (industrial users) and low tension (LT) consumers,” he said.

Divisional commissioners, district magistrates and other regional officers of power companies also took part in the videoconference, where it was admitted that there has been delay in installing transformers recommended by the MPs, MLAs and MLCs sanctioned under MPLAD scheme and Chief Minister Area Development Scheme.

“A time-frame will be fixed to replace the transformers. Also the pending recommendations by MPs, MLAs and MLCs to replace transformers will be completed by September 15,” Singh said.

Stating that the tube-wells would be given power supply on a priority basis, Singh emphasised to step up revenue collection and said the officials should try to collect revenue in proportion to energy consumption.

The significance of the revenue collection could be gauged from the fact that Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd, on an average, spends around Rs 650 crore per month on purchasing power, establishment cost and interest while it manages to collect around Rs 350 crore as revenue per month.

SBPDCL managing director Palka Sahni has issued a 20-point agenda for the company’s assistant and junior engineers to provide better services to its consumers besides taking steps to increase revenue collection.