Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - X
The consumers in the villages get electricity for only 30 percent duration of what they must get, with rest of the electricity being supplied to unauthorized consumers by the officials for their personal gains. The maintenance workers are unskilled, very low-paid and in very less number. The contractors have done a shabby job for paying hefty commission to the officials.
So far in this series of articles, you have read the following 6 articles -
1. Availability of Electricity,
2. Work Contracts,
3. Obstacles in New Connections,
4. No MIS makes everyone free,
5. Consumer Service Personnel,
6. Murdering of Unemployed Youths.
7. Wastage of Electricity,
8. Criminal conspiracy in Employment.
9. No Preventive Maintenance of Equipment
Now, in this concluding part of this series of 10 articles, read on the real situation of electricity availability to my village Khandoi and condition of Unchagaon electrical substation feeding the village..
Electricity Supply to My Village Khandoi
With no preventive maintenance of overhead lines and other equipment feeding electricity to the village, electricity supply duration is low like all other villages in the state. With 7,000 MW of electricity availability to the state against a registered demand of 8,000 MW, every consumer must get electricity for 20 hours a day. Electricity availability of such a duration is now made available to VIP colonies where administrators live and to the colonies of the electricity officials only, with all other urban and rural areas suffering in darkness for low duration of electricity supply.
The current roster of electricity availability to my village is 10 hours a day, but in reality, so much of electricity is never made available. Instead, it is being supplied for 6 hours a day on an average, meaning thereby that we are getting electricity only 30 percent of what we must get as per its availability to the state. Rest of the electricity goes to feed the ever-hungry pockets of electricity officials through thefts and losses due to their negligence.
This supply is available in 6 to 10 installments each of about 30 to 45 minutes and with voltage fluctuating from 100 volts to 300 volts against a normal of 230 volts, while the fluctuation limit prescribed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission of the state is only plus-minus 6 percent of the normal. .
The lines are in bad shape with high voltage live wires hanging on poles so loose that they are very close to the ground, thus endangering lives of people of the area. Accidents often do take place killing people and animals and frequent breakdowns have always been there. But nobody responsible cares for such mishaps.
Condition of Unchagaon Substation
As a consequence of my fast unto death in February this year for an improvement in the electricity network in the area, Unchagaon substation has been renovated about 3 months back by replacement of old switch-gears by new ones through a contractor. The contractor being a pet of the dealing officials has not done a good job but that looks like temporary make-shift connections and installations of the equipment. I have been pointing out about the shabby job by the contractor to the officials concerned, to which they always reply that the contractor is yet to give a finishing touch to his work, but with no result so far. As a result, even the newly installed equipment are getting damaged and there is no benefit to the consumers due to the new installations.
It is obvious that the officials have paid to the contractor and got their hefty share from the contractor to their personal pockets. For this, they are not asking the contractor to work properly.
The manpower at the substation to do the maintenance work on the lines and equipment is only skeleton and composed of unskilled temporary workers paid only Rs 1,500 to 3,000 per month against minimum wage of Rs 6,000 a month in the state as per the minimum wages act.