Indian power cos want ban on Chinese equipment on security fears

Power transmission infrastructure in the country’s 18 major cities could be potentially hacked leading to national security threats and major disruption of power if the concerns of a prominent trade body are to be believed.

Indian Electronics and Electricals Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA), the representative body of power equipment makers, has asked for a complete ban on Chinese equipment in the Indian power sector citing security concerns in a letter to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

“Awarding projects related to power generation, transmission and distribution network to Chinese companies will be a serious threat to national security as the electric distribution system carry power to pipelines, water systems, telecommunications and other critical infrastructure, while also serving critical government or military facilities,” said the letter by IEEMA to the national security advisor, reviewed byBusiness Standard.

These cities are spread across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and they are currently implementing smart grid projects. They could be exposing themselves to the threat of monitoring systems deployed by foreign firms, it is being feared.

IEEMA alleged that over the past few years China has mounted repeated attacks on Indian computer networks and, therefore, information flowing in the Indian grid is more vulnerable to hacking than ever.

Recently, the Philippines government prevented Chinese technicians from taking part in the country’s electricity transmission projects because national security concerns.

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