AIPEF opposes move to dismantle DVC
V K Gupta
April 29th, 2014

AIPEF opposes move to dismantle DVC
Tuesday April 29, 2014
All India power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Prime Minister to stop the game plan of Arup Roychudhary NTPC Chairman who also holds the charge of Chairman Damodar valley Corporation (DVC) and is awfully keen to get 1320 MW Katwa project and for which he is prepared to sell DVC Transmission assets to West Bengal..
Arup Roychoudhry CMD NTPC is keen to start work on Katwa project of 1320 MW in West Bengal at the earliest. However this can be possible only with the consent of West Bengal Government and for this West Bengal is demanding that as a pre condition DVC must hand over its 220 KV and 132 KV transmission system in West Bengal area to it.
This is a glaring case on misuse of authority on part of CMD NTPC to sell off DVC transmission assets ( misusing his position as CMD DVC) just in order to help NTPC get business of executing a 1320 MW project..Katwa. How an officiating chairman can take such major policy decisions without seeking the consent of other stake-holders, said Padamjit Singh, Chief Patron of AIPEF.
Arup Roychoudhry who is holding the dual charge of Chairman DVC has not used his expertise or resources of NTPC to help the DVC thermal projects in trouble. While DVC Raghunathpur project is stalled and 4 years behind schedule the priority of Arup Roychoudhry is to grab Katwa project for NTPC.
AIPEF in its letter has alleged that Chairman DVC it is not fair to favor one stakeholder West Bengal while putting Jharkhand to disadvantage and while ignoring the Government of India which is third stakeholder.
AIPEF has urged the Government to Since the selection process of new Chairman DVC had been completed GOI must appoint the new Chairman DVC whose selection process has been completed so that further damage to DVC can be avoided.
At a board meeting held in Calcutta on April 21, DVC top brass discussed the proposal to hand over high tension transmission and distribution systems in Bengal along with its existing consumers to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.
It may be mentioned that the DVC was formed by an act passed by Parliament in 1948. Its ownership is shared proportionately by the Centre, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Its assets, therefore, cannot be segregated on the basis of geographical presence. If done, it would go against the very purpose of DVC’s formation.

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