Mangalore, Sep 14, 2014: Addressing a battery of reporters at the circuit house during his visit to the city Sunday September 14 to participate in an Onam programme organized by Kerala Samajam, state minister for energy D K Shivakumar stated that a decision has been arrived at at the highest govt level, not to provide electricity connections to buildings constructed without land license or occupancy certificates issued by the urban development authority. He explained that, Escom authorites used to provide electricity to unauthorized buildings due to pressure and influence. From now on the government will take strict action in this regard. We will cancel all illegal connections, a firm order will follow in this regard.
On complaints of transformers on roadsides, he said, "The high court has observed that many transformers have been constructed on roadside. Apartments which are built on 5,000 sq ft of land are required to build transformers inside the compound."
He went on to say that for optimum efficiency complaint disposal and to stem theft of electricity, the power ministry will form committees at constituency level headed by the MLA of the constituency. The committee will have six members including consumers, women, members of OBC and officials appointed by the government. Meetings will be held in the presence of executive engineers. Such committees will also be established at the gram panchayat level, and will be called section committees
A 24x7 helpline will be set up throughout the state with vehicles provided in all Escoms. Officials will have to act on complaints as soon as they receive them," he said. The government’s Nirantara Jyoti project is pending and a programme would be chalked out to complete it at the earliest.
"In Dakshina Kannada and Chikmaglur districts, electric poles have been damaged due to rain. The poles will be repaired within a week after the rain stops," Shivakumar said.
Regarding Niddodi ultra mega power project, he said, "The union government is keen to implement the project. If the people cooperate, we will go ahead with the project with the consent of MLAs. But if the people do not want this project, we will scrap it. The problem is shortage of coal. Niddodi power project will save transport cost of coal and electricity will become cheaper. The minister also touched on several individual topics.