Margao:  October 22, 2018 … Underground cabling throughout the State would be carried out in a phased manner without burdening the common man asserted Power Minister, Shri Nilesh Cabral and added that the work is thought of being carried out through joint venture or on PPP model.

Shri Cabral assured the people of the State of uninterrupted power supply and exhorted the 7000 odd army of the power department to deliver in improving the power situation. Responsibility and accountability will be fixed on officials  – top to down the line , he remarked.

The Power Minister was speaking after laying the foundation stone for execution of Under-ground Cabling work and commissioning of independent 11KV Assolda-Xelvona feeder from 33/11 KV Sub-Station at Pontemol, Curchorem today.

Speaking further, Shri Cabral stating that the PPP model will help to upgrade the infrastructure including quality supply of power urged the people to accept some 10-20 percent hike in the tariff once the projects are over.  The White Paper on the functioning of the department would be brought out within 45 days as promised.  The Paper will deal in detail the planning, shortcomings, and execution of various projects for the better administration and functioning of the department, Shri Cabral pointed.

The Power Minister stressed the need to carry out all electrical works by the Department which is presently being undertaken by various departments.  In the next 4-5 months, all the departments/agencies will have to get such electrical works through the department as it is equipped with all expertise, he said.

Shri Cabral stressing the need to have a test for all the line staff gave a clear message to the line helpers and meter readers presently discharging duties in the office that they will have to perform duties for the purpose they are recruited.  Employing of contract staff will be done away with gradually. The eligible performing contract staff will be absorbed in the department, he remarked.

The work of the underground cabling will benefit the consumers of the main town wards with quality and reliable power supply while the commissioning of independent 11KV Assolda-Xelvona feeder will reduce the load from the existing feeder, i.e Bansai thus ensuring consumers of both the feeders of stable and quality power bringing in much relief to the consumers of both the areas.  The work is being carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 29.50 crores

Chairperson, Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council, Shri Felix Fernandes and Chief Electrical Engineer, Shri N. Reddy also spoke on the occasion.

Vice-Chairperson, Smt. Piedade Diniz; Sarpanch of Assolda-Xelvona Panchayat, Smt. Sunita Naik; Sarpanch of V.P. Xeldem, Shri Pramod Gauns Dessai; ZP Member, Smt. Hazel Fernandes; Councilors, Panchayat Members and power department officials were amongst those present on the occasion.

Executive Engineer, Shri A. Devadasan welcomed while Assistant Engineer, Shri Anil Goankar proposed the vote of thanks.


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