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Monday, August 15, 2016

The minister who wields power, but doesn’t release crucial power load applications

91 applications for the release of power pending; this includes urgent govt projects like Opa Water treatment plant and Panjim’s multi-level parking

PANJIM: Crucial projects like Opa Water Treatment Plant and the State’s first multi-level car parking facility are amongst those 91 cases whose applications for release of load are pending before the Electricity Department since 2014.

In case of 27 MLD Opa Water Treatment Plant, which will provide 24x7 water supply to Panjim city had sought additional 590KVA of power supply in January and October 2014.
As per assembly reply by the Power Minister Milind Naik the application is still pending with a remark that "firm quotations are being done while payment is not made".
On the other hand, the Electricity Department is in process of issuing the technical approval to Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) for their multi-level car parking facility at Patto. GTDC had applied for 150 KVA of power in June, 2016.
This information was provided on the floor of the House during the recently concluded monsoon session of the State Assembly by Power Minister Milind Naik to a question tabled by Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte.
The Minister said that there are 91 applications pending of new consumers and those who have sought for an increase in their power load to enable expansion.
Those waiting in the wings  include the Goa Housing Board, South-West Railway and Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) along with applicants like real estate developers, industrial units and individuals.
Department has received total 424 load approval applications since 2012, of which 333 applications have been cleared.
Power Minister Milind Naik in his written reply in the Assembly on the issue of load sanctions said, “The connection or load approvals are conferred after conducting load feasibility studies and after ascertaining load availability and as soon as the department infrastructure is in place or upgradation of the existing system is complete for incorporating the applied loads into the system so that system stability is not hindered".
The Minister said that the government has taken various steps to strengthen the infrastructure such as bifurcation of feeders, enhancement of power transformation capacity including upgradation of sub-stations and providing additional power lines and transformer centres.
 Meanwhile, in yet another question, the Industrial Minister Mahadev Naik has confirmed that the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) has not taken any approval of the electricity department, thereby confirming that power will be available to the projects they approve.
“However, the Board while granting in-principle approval to the project makes a specific recommendation to the Power Department to release the required power supply to the project after completion of the required scrutiny and documentation,” industry minister Mahadev Naik said in a written reply to a question table by Congess MLA Vishwajit Rane.

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