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CAG dashes State bid to end load- shedding

04:20 AM Jun 02, 2019 |

In a scathing report, the auditing body says Mahavitaran has not done its homework on how to produce surplus power that can reach every household

PRAMOD CHUNCHUWAR Mumbai The State Governments tall claims of making Maharasht

ra free of load- shedding by the year- end has just got a rude rebuff and that too from the apex auditing body of the country – CAG. In a scathing report, the Comptroller and Auditor General has observed that the state Electricity Distribution Company ( popularly called Mahavitaran) has not assessed the total requirement of distribution network to provide reliable and quality power and has not prepared a well documented long term plan for replacement/ additions of existing network, hence it cannot implement its dream.

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Its under par performance has put a question mark over the possibility of Maharashtra ever being free of load- shedding.

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Its poor management skills has cost the State exchequer a loss of around Rs 783 crore in the financial year of 2010- 2011.

The State Government is constantly claiming that it will produce surplus power by the end of December 2012. But looking at the present mess which Mahavitaran is in, it looks doubtful if this claim will come true.

Will this power reach every household or consumer with such poor performance is the main question that the CAG report talks of.

” Mahavitaran added 466 substations during 2006- 07 to 2010- 11 as against 525 targeted.

The distribution losses during 2009- 10 and 2010- 11 remained more than norms fixed by MERC resulting in a loss of 213.86 crore. Replacement of 667 lakh faulty meters and metering of 15.36 lakh agricultural consumers remained pending during 2010- 11,” CAG has said. ” The physical progress in the projects taken under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana during XI five year plan was poor as compared to required completion by December 2011. There was no proper mechanism in place to ensure that BPL works were actually executed and benefits were passed on to eligible beneficiaries,” CAG said while expressing dissatisfaction over rural electrification by the company.

” The failure of Distribution Transformers ( DTR) on account of overloading remained on increasing trend.

Such failures of DTRs within guarantee period was also not effectively monitored resulting in delay in repairs/ replacement by suppliers,” CAG observed.

The financial performance of this company is worrisome as outstanding dues recoverable from consumers increased from Rs.

5,454 crore to 13,396 crore during 2005- 6 to 2010- 11.

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