Panaji, Oct 23 (GCNews) Goa Minister for Power Nilesh Cabral has said that underground cabling throughout the state would be carried out in a phased manner without burdening the common man and the work was thought of being carried out through joint venture or on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
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, in South Goa on Monday he 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 would be fixed on officials – top to down the line, he remarked.
Stating that the PPP model would help to upgrade the infrastructure including quality supply of power, Mr Cabral urged the people to accept some 10-20 per cent hike in the tariff once the projects were over.
The white paper on the functioning of the department would be brought out within 45 days as promised, he said, adding the paper would deal in detail the planning, shortcomings, and execution of various projects for the better administration and functioning of the department.
The Power Minister stressed the need to carry out all electrical works by the Department which was presently being undertaken by various departments. In the next four-five months, all the departments or agencies would have to get such electrical works through the department as it was equipped with all expertise, he said.
Mr 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 would have to perform duties for the purpose they were recruited.
Employing of contract staff would be done away with gradually and the eligible performing contract staff would be absorbed in the department, he said.
The work of the underground cabling would benefit the consumers of the main town wards with quality and reliable power supply while the commissioning of independent 11KV Assolda-Xelvona feeder would 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 was being carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 29.50 crore, he said.