Staff Reporter

Proposed committee to submit report in a month

VIJAYAWADA: Yielding to the criticism made and apprehensions expressed by the opposition CPI, the ruling Congress at the general body meeting of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Friday agreed to constitute an ad hoc committee to probe into the alleged irregularities in maintenance of bio-methanisation plant.

The committee will also study the functioning of Sriram Energy Systems, Excel Power Plant (now closed) and the slaughter house. Congress corporator S. Narasaraju announced this after a heated discussion on the alleged irregularities in the maintenance of bio-methanisation plant and use of the energy produced at the plant.

Mr. Narasaraju said that the proposed committee would be chaired by his Congress colleague Sistla Ramalinga Murthy, while all floor leaders and corporators of the areas where the plants were located would be members.

The committee would submit its report in a month.

The discussion began when CPI floor leader P. Gowtham Reddy sought to know the details of power generated by the plant located at Ajit Singh Nagar. The officials were burning the gas produced at the plant, as they were not in a position to produce the power out of the gas, he alleged, adding power worth Rs. 2.73 crores had been “swindled” in the last three years.

Official’s version

Superintending Engineer (SE) G. Yohan said some spare parts required for producing power at the plant were not available in the country.

A consignment of these parts had come from Germany and landed at the Chennai customs office. It would arrive here in a couple of days.

He said there was no “power theft” in the plant as apprehended by the members.

The VMC had entered into an agreement with the discom and power would be connected to the grid, he assured the corporators.