KSEB plans action against defaulters including KWA
Monday, 06 September 2010 10:47
Electricity Minister A.K. Balan has said that the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) will take stringent action against power bill defaulters, including the Kerala Water Authority and local self government institutions. Speaking after inaugurating the Thrissur Corporation's 33 kV substation here on Sunday, the Minister said the mounting power bill arrears of the KWA were a matter of concern for the KSEB. “The Kerala Water Authority is a major defaulter of power bills, with arrears of Rs.143 crore,” the Minister said.
This was even after the KSEB had agreed for a one-time-settlement of Rs.250 crore against an outstanding amount of Rs.1,100 crore, he said.
“The decision to discontinue power supply has been postponed for sometime in view of the local body elections. But the KSEB cannot function without prompt payment of power bills,” he said.
Many industries in the State were functioning profitably with the generous stand of the Electricity Board, the Minister said.
Commenting on Athirappilly project, he said that environmental fundamentalism was flourishing in the State along with religious fundamentalism.
“The rigid environmental activism has made hydel projects impossible in the State. Environmental clearance for Athirappilly hydel project has become a political issue. Union Minister Jairam Ramesh cannot unilaterally revoke the environmental clearance, which has already been given by the expert appraisal committee,” he said.
The Minister said that the State should be able to tap alternative energy sources to become self-sufficient in power.
State government's comprehensive energy conservation drive was a role model for the entire country, he claimed.
“Under the drive, about 1.5 crore CFL bulbs were distributed to 75 lakh households. With this alone, we could save about 300 mW power,” he said. Mayor R. Bindu said that the 33 kV sub-station built at Rs.4.9 crore on the Ikkanda Warrier Road would ensure uninterrupted power supply in areas, including Mission Quarters, Sakthan Nagar, Veliyannur and Koorkkanchery.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, was chief guest at the function.