56 sub-stations outsourced to Public Sector Undertaking to reduce financial stresses of MeECL: Meghalaya CM
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma maintained that the 56 sub-stations have been given out to the Public Sector Undertaking considering the precarious financial situation.
The decision of the state government to outsource 56 numbers of 33/11 KV sub-stations that are under the purview of Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) to M/s Broadcasting Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) was not taken too well by some civil organizations.
Speaking to reporters, Sangma said that it would involve costs in recruiting people regarding maintaining the new sub-stations.
He said that these new sub-stations need to be maintained which would require new people and this will pressure the finances of MeECL.
“Looking at this factor, the outsourcing would reduce the burden to a large extent, hence the MeECL went for that,” he said.
Again, Sangma said that the manpower to maintain the sub-stations would be local people. As per the agreement signed with the PSU, he said that the local people would be maintaining them.
The LOA has been given, but the signing is still pending, though he said he needs to reconfirm that. He said, “I am examining the matter myself and till then I have asked the MeECL to hold on to any kind of further movement in this subject,” he said.
“The MeECL is currently facing a huge financial challenge in the current situation in MeECL in terms of the cost factor and the revenue factor, and we will able to see almost close to Rs 700-Rs 800 crores of loss in the financial year 2021-22 that the MeECL will face,” he said.
He further said, “Keeping all these factors in mind, MeECL needs to cut down costs. These sub-stations have been given out for maintenance to a public sector undertaking which is allowed in government schemes”.
Asked, Sangma said that the Chief Secretary will give the panel of names and the names will come in within a week.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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