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Mathura: The Indian Federation of Electrical Engineers (AIPEF) on Sunday opposed the Union government’s order to connect 33 kilovolt (kV) substations to the power grid, saying it s This is an “attempt to privatize” the electricity sector through the “back door”.

“The new order is not only anti-people, but is an attempt to benefit the private sector, through a back door, neglecting the interest of the people,” Shailendra Dubey, chairman of All India Power, told reporters. Federation, in the presence of UP Rajya. Vidyut Parishad Abhiyanta Sangh President of the State VP Singh and his secretary Prabhat Kumar.

Dubey added that the country’s electrical engineers “will oppose tooth and nail” the Union government’s decision.

Recounting the Union government’s order dated September 1 sent to the state government, officials said all 33 kV power substations operating under state electricity distribution companies and their network will be merged with the transport companies.

He said the order is also considering forming a joint venture of the state transmission companies and the central government power grid. Electricity grid orders on these lines have already been issued by the Union government, he added.

According to officials, consumer services will be affected if the 33-KV substation, the backbone of the electricity distribution system, operated by the 33 / 11kV grid, is merged with the state’s Vidyut Prasaran Nigam.

This is an attempt by the Union government to involve the private sector in distribution by removing the license of distribution companies through the Electricity (Amendment) Bill of 2021, said officials.

Officials also said that although private companies were allowed to use the network of government distribution companies for the distribution of electricity in the area of ​​their choice, it would be mandatory for government distribution companies to supply consumers with electricity. all classes.

Without any rider, in the bill, private companies have the freedom to provide electricity to industrial and commercial consumers of their choice who will benefit from it.

They also said the bill also allowed private companies to make a profit without spending a single dime on maintaining or upgrading power grids.

The aforementioned exercise of the trade union government aims to prepare a platform for private companies so that they can strike money without any hindrance, because in the national monetization pipeline a statement was made to transfer the power grid to the private sector, they said.

The country’s electrical engineers can go so far as to foil the government’s attempts to prepare a “silver-minting platform” for the private sector, officials said.


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